Gee, fences do make good neighbors, I believe, but based on all the fence/property line disputes posted here it seems as if none of us have good neighbors...
And now for mine: We have a common boundary with neighboring property which we are fencing. The property was surveyed when we purchased it 10+ years ago; no one disputes the survey. The boundary line is pretty extensive in length so it has several surveyor-embedded metal markers along it as well as at the "end" points; these are also not disputed. We've run a line between the "known" markers to establish a visual property line.
Now the question: How far back from the property line (on *our* side) should we place the fence, or should it be as close to the line as possible? I see previous postings where fence lines were run a few feet back from the line to be "conservative" and then the later owners were having a tough time trying to re-establish the "real" line.
Note that this is a rural area in a county, not a town. The fence will be a three-strand fence, both to establish the property's limits and to discourage trespassers from walking/horseback riding/ATV riding on our property. This type of fence is common within this neighborhood/region and would not be considered an eyesore.
Which governmental office would I check with to ascertain what, if any fence setbacks, are required?
Secondly, do you recommend hiring the surveyor again to verify the visual property line, as run on a string between the surveyor-established monuments? The cord has a "clean" run and is not impeded by trees/boulders, etc. It touches nothing between the surveyor-established markers. We tend to think that's "good enough," but perhaps we're wrong?