A Guide to Alaska Fence Laws

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In Alaska, thanks to its sparse population density, there are no laws regarding fences that share boundaries. Alaskan landowners will, however, have to keep any barbed-wire fences in good condition and obtain a permit for fences above 7 feet.
Fence laws can get pretty complex and, unlike most other aspects of your property, have the potential to impact other property owners. To prevent infringing the law, you must be informed of the rules in your area, whether you want to build, dispute, or maintain a fence.
And while Alaska doesn’t have any outright laws for fences, there are still some details and regulations that you should be aware of. Home and car insurance super app Jerry has put together everything you need to know about fence laws in Alaska—continue reading to learn more.
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What are the fence laws in Alaska?

There are actually no fence laws regarding shared boundaries in Alaska. 
This is most likely due to Alaska having fewer densely populated metropolitan areas compared to other states, making it unnecessary for the government to create laws resolving fence-related issues between neighbors.
The only real regulations for fences in Alaska are for barbed wire fences—landowners who have barbed wire fences have a responsibility to keep their fences in good condition.
Under Alaska Statutes Title 3, § 03.30.020, if any wire fences become so dilapidated they are no longer practical or pose a threat to livestock, they can be considered a nuisance and removed by a court.
There are also no statewide requirements for fencing around pools in Alaska. 

Spite fences

Some states have also established "spite fence" laws, which make it unlawful to purposefully construct a fence in order to annoy or obstruct your neighbor. 
Alaska, for much the same reasons that it lacks boundary fence regulations, also doesn’t have any laws regulating spite fences.

How to legally build a fence in Alaska

If you plan on constructing or replacing a fence over 7 feet tall in Alaska, you’ll have to obtain a building permit
In order to get a permit, you’ll need the items listed below:
  • A site plan to-scale with:
    • Fence dimensions
    • Property line coordinates that are accurate in relation to the proposed fence
  • A structural or foundational plan (designed by a structural or civil engineer)
If you happen to live on a corner lot within 20 feet of an intersection, then the maximum height of a sight obstructing fence is 3 feet.
You can visit this website for an online building permit application for the city of Juneau. If you live elsewhere in Alaska, you can reach out to your local zoning and permit office for the correct application for your area.

Does homeowners insurance cover fences?

Fences are seen as "other structures" under your home's insurance policy, and they are normally insured for up to 10% of your dwelling's coverage maximum. Your fence is protected against the same hazards as your main residence, which usually includes wind, hail, fires, and vandalism.
If a storm, a wildfire, or a tree branch from a neighbor's yard damages your fence, double-check if it's covered under your insurance policy. If this is the case, be sure to document the damage with photos before filing an insurance claim.

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FAQs

In some cases, yes! A building permit is required for new fence construction and fence replacement if the fence is taller than 7 feet.
No—Alaska is one of the few states in the US that hasn't approved a boundary fence law. This is due, in part, to Alaska having more low-population urban areas compared to other states.
The fence belongs to the neighbor who built it unless there is an agreement to split the costs. You will not be required to contribute to the fence's repair or maintenance.
Yes! 8 ft is actually the maximum fence height listed by the Alaska municipal code. Any other structure taller than 8 ft is considered a wall and must comply with all yard setback regulations.

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