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Most fence issues on privately owned property, similar to trees, are civil matters and must be handled by or between property owners. Certain types of fence complaints are handled by Building Inspectors within the Building Division. However, in specific cases, a Neighborhood Preservation Officer may be assigned to investigate a complaint involving a fence.
Examples of privately owned fence related issues which ARE investigated by the Building Division are:
- Privately owned fences encroaching onto or interfering with the use of public right of ways (public sidewalks or public streets)
- Privately owned fences that create a hazard to the general public
- Fences or section of fences leaning into or over the public sidewalk and interfering with its use.
- Fences or sections of fences which have fallen onto and are blocking the use of the public sidewalk.
- Fences in violation of the Livermore Development Code Section 4.05.040
Fences causing sight obstructions for vehicular or pedestrian traffic at street intersections and on corner lots should be reported to the Engineering Division or by calling 925-960-4000.
Examples of privately owned fence issues which are NOT investigated by the Building Division or Neighborhood Preservation Section are:
- Any issue dealing with privately owned fences between residential properties unless surrounding or enclosing a swimming pool or excavation
- Storage against a privately owned fence between residential properties
- Dirt piled against or vegetation growing against, on or over-hanging a privately owned fence in residential areas unless causing a direct hazard to the general public health and safety or interfering with the use of public right of ways (public sidewalks or public streets)
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