Fences

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Before you begin
Before installing a fence on a property, it is highly recommended that you have your property lines located. Most property lines in Lethbridge County can be determined by locating the metal pins located at the corners of the property. However, over time these pins may become damaged, shift if there is ground disturbance, or be accidentally dug up and removed. If there is any doubt as to the location of a property line it is recommended that a surveying company be retained. There are a number of surveying companies located in Lethbridge that landowners may contact. Lethbridge County does not locate property lines for residents. Also remember to call or click before you dig: albertaonecall.com or 1 (800) 242-3447

Fencing in urban areas
If your property is located in one of the County’s hamlets then the rules and regulations pertaining to fencing in urban areas applies to you:
Land Use Bylaw, Part 3, Section 10
"(1) No fence, wall, vegetation or any combination thereof, lying within 7.62 metres (25 ft.) of the right‐of‐way of a public roadway (excluding lanes) shall extend more than 0.91
metres (3 ft.) above the ground (except in the case of corner lots where one yard is considered as the side yard as indicated in Section 6 and in accordance with Section 7 of
this Part) without a permit issued by the Development Authority.
(2) Fences in rear and side yards shall not exceed 1.83 metres (6 ft.) in height.
(3) For wind screen fences, all applicable setbacks to municipal roads must be met."
LUB Diagram 3.4
Unless there are architectural controls registered against your property there are no restrictions, apart from maximum height, on the style of fencing you may install.

Fencing in rural areas
If your property is located in a rural area of the County then there are no height limitations on fencing, however there are still rules and regulations regarding the type of fencing and its location that must be followed:
Land Use Bylaw, Part 3, Section 11
"In rural areas along local roads, the construction or erection of a fence, hedge or shelterbelt shall comply with the following:
(a) no fence, hedge or shelterbelt shall be erected which would unduly restrict the vision of approaching traffic;
(b) fencing surrounding public utility lots shall be as per Lethbridge County
Engineering Guidelines and Minimum Servicing Standards or as stipulated in a Development Agreement;
(c) all fences must be sited to be able to meet the required corner site triangle setbacks
to roadways as depicted in Diagram 3.5;
(d) a chain link, split rail or barb wire type fence may be located adjacent to the property
line or within the required setbacks to a public road, but solid material fences and snow fences must meet the stipulated setbacks to the public road;
(e) no hedge or shelterbelt shall be erected within the distances to a right-of-way of a public road, as depicted in Diagram 3.5;
(f) wind screen fences shall meet all setbacks to municipal roads and provincial highways as required for the applicable land use district."
LUB Diagram 3.5
If you are uncertain as to the setbacks from municipal roads and provincial highways please contact the Development Authority at (403) 328-5525.

Fencing in commercial/industrial areas

If you wish to fence property that is located in a commercial/industrial development please contact the Development Authority at (403) 328-5525.