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Handbook of Florida Fence and Property Law, 2010 Print Version1

Michael T. Olexa, Eugene E. Shuey, Joshua A. Cossey, and Katherine Smallwood2

Re-released as a minor revision for 2010 and of interest to farmers and farmland owners in particular, this handbook is designed to inform property owners of their rights and responsibilities in terms of their duty to fence. Discussed areas include a property owners responsibility to fence when livestock is kept on the property, the rights of adjoining landowners to fence, the placement of fences, encroachments, boundary lines, easements, contracts, nuisances, and a landowners responsibilities towards persons who enter his property. Published August 2010.



This document is CIR1242, a publication of the Food and Resource Economics Department, UF/IFAS Extension; Gainesville, FL. Published November 1999; revised December 2006 and August 2010. Reviewed April 2014.To view the HTML versions of each chapter of this handbook, please visit the EDIS website at


Michael T. Olexa, professor, Food and Resource Economics Department, and Director, UF/IFAS Agricultural Law Center, UF/IFAS Extension, Gainesville, FL, and member, Florida Bar; Eugene E. Shuey, certified real estate attorney, Gainesville, FL, and member, Florida Bar; Joshua A. Cossey, managing attorney, Sentinel Law P.A., Jacksonville, FL, and member, Florida Bar; and Katherine Smallwood, law student, Levin College of Law, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL; UF/IFAS Extension, Gainesville, FL.

The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) is an Equal Opportunity Institution authorized to provide research, educational information and other services only to individuals and institutions that function with non-discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, political opinions or affiliations. For more information on obtaining other UF/IFAS Extension publications, contact your county's UF/IFAS Extension office.

U.S. Department of Agriculture, UF/IFAS Extension Service, University of Florida, IFAS, Florida A & M University Cooperative Extension Program, and Boards of County Commissioners Cooperating. Nick T. Place, dean for UF/IFAS Extension.