Fence update: the final chapter (I think), at least on the height of the fence

For the background on the fence saga, check out: 1) Communication breakdown = janky fence? and 2) At least we won't be the ones with the janky fence...

Yesterday afternoon (Saturday), I looked out the window in my master bedroom to check out the progress all the neighbors are making on their various fence work. I was a little surprised to see my neighbor (the one attached to us) helping build the fence that is going up in the rear of his property - a six foot fence, as opposed to seven foot that we built between our houses. That got me thinking and I started asking Matt, my husband, some questions about whether we should go ahead with a six foot fence after all.

It was during this conversation that he informed me that there is a by-law in Ottawa that you can't have a fence higher than six feet. He said that the neighbors probably wanted the extra foot since they were building a deck that's two feet off the ground, attached to the fence. That, of course, changes everything. I won't build a fence that's higher than by-law will allow. I don't want to get fined or have to make modifications to the fence after it's up. I also don't want to force that on my neighbors.

So, I guess we're going to end up with a semi-janky fence after all. In truth, after seeing the neighbors' six foot panels right next to the seven foot ones, it's not going to look bad. Now that that's settled, hopefully Matt can still take the lead on the rest of the fence work that borders our property; then we will know the quality of the fence will be top notch. :)

But here's my big question about the seven foot portion: since it's entirely on our property (in order to line it up with the privacy panel between our decks), who pays the fine in the unlikely even that by-law comes a-knockin'? Aye, aye, aye...