Basic Electric Fence Law Knowledge

Before you build an electric fence, you must know the laws regarding this security feature in your area. Once you are familiar with all rules and restriction, you can install a fence and keep it running as needed. Before you break ground, you must check with your town or city to see if there are any laws pertaining to these type fences.

Checking the Laws

Before you erect any fencing around your property, especially if you are in town or city limits, you should check with the city or town clerks office to see what the rulings may be. Different towns have different laws, and many cities and townships have a law against having an electric fence. There are a few that will allow it for livestock fencing purposes, but you are limited to the wattage you can run through your fence. You may also be required to have signs posted stating that there is an electric fence on your property.

Rural Areas

Most rural areas will allow electric fencing with no problems unless they run along a frontage road or a prime highway. Then you will have to allow for a certain footage from the road. Again, you would have to check with the county clerks office. You will also have to post signs along the fence stating that it is an electrified fence.

Fencing that is completely on your property and doesn't exist on any public road or fenceline is legal in nearly every state. This is private property, so you are allowed your own fencing. However, it is a good idea to check with your county clerk to make sure.