What is a line fence?
A line fence, also known as a division fence, is any fence marking the boundary between an owner's property and a neighbouring property. Neighbouring property owners may disagree about the need to build a fence, what type of fence to build, or whether an existing fence needs to be reconstructed.
If agreement cannot be reached, the City has an impartial arbitration process authorized by the provincial Line Fences Act to help resolve line fence disputes that is administered through the Municipal Licensing & Standards (ML&S) division. The initial fee for the process is $1,110. Applications for arbitration can be made through your local ML&S office.
Additionally, regulations for the height, materials, and other fence related standards are outlined in the Municipal Code, Chapter 447 - Fences (PDF).
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You may contact Investigation Services, Licensing & Standards at your local civic centre, by calling 311 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
North York District
North York Civic Centre
5100 Yonge Street, 2nd floor
Toronto East York District
45 Strachan Avenue
Scarborough Civic Centre
150 Borough Drive, 3rd floor
Etobicoke York District
Etobicoke Civic Centre
2 Civic Centre Court, 4th floor