The old saying that “good fences make good neighbors” still applies today. Texas has thousands of miles of fences. With the vast majority of them located along boundary lines and roadways, disputes do arise. Unfortunately, there are many misconceptions and dead guesses about fence laws. Who is liable when vehicles on a roadway hit livestock? What are a landowner’s rights if another person’s livestock are on his or her property? Who is responsible when it comes to building and maintaining fences?
This publication gives landowners a background on how Texas fence laws originated, explains the current laws that landowners should know, and details a few common fence dispute scenarios and solutions.