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Good Neighbor Fences


The Santa Clara Valley Water District, to be good neighbors with adjoining property owners, has established a policy to share in the cost for replacement or installation of wooden or chain link fencing that serves to define the boundary between District and adjoining property. If you wish to have the District share in the cost of replacing or installing a fence between your property and the District's, please make a written request to:

Community Projects Review Unit
Santa Clara Valley Water District
5750 Almaden Expressway
San Jose, CA 95118-3686

Your written request should include the following:

Application for cost sharing for Good Neighbor Fencing. A District permit must be obtained prior to the start of construction to quailfy for cost sharing.

The conditions for cost sharing are:

  • The district's share of the cost of the common fence is one half the cost of the fence up to $14.40 per linear foot. The cost of upgrades will not be shared. This is based on the market rate for installation of chain link fences.

  • Construction of the fence must meet local city, town county ordinances and requirements. It is the property owner's responsibility to determine the applicability of such regulations.

  • The fence construction must also conform to the drawings and specifications for fences that are attached to the application.

  • Barbed wire, points, broken glass or other hazardous features may not be placed on or near the fence.

  • Maintenance of the fence is the responsibility of the property owner. Alterations or modifications to the fence must have prior written approval from the district.

  • The fence must be located on the common property line. Encroachment onto district property is not allowed.

  • Access on to district property is not allowed, except under permit for actual construction of the fence. Fence construction may not incorporate gates.

  • All debris and trash resulting from fence demolition and/or installation must not be allowed to migrate into the creek and must be removed from district property.

  • The life expectancy of the fence is 20 years. The district will not cost share for a replacement fence within this period except under special circumstances.

  • The district reserves the right to decline to cost share and may, at its own cost, install a chain link fence or other fencing as appropriate.

  • Fencing must meet established criteria where the District would normally fence a property boundry.