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fence law, south dakota, cooperative extension service

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ExEx 5076




Each year the South Dakota Cooperative Exten¬sion Service receives many questions about who is responsible for fixing fence between neighbors. South Dakota law addresses who is responsible and what type of fence should be constructed. The material in this publication is presented only as a guideline or ref¬erence; the authors of this publication are not provid¬ing legal services. South Dakota codified law has specific sections and language that pertain to what constitutes a legal fence between neighbors. The following information is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of all provi¬sions of South Dakota law governing fences, but is provided as reference material only. This material was obtained from the South Dakota Legislative Research Council Web page at The information in this publication is believed to be current as of the date of publication. Readers are cautioned to check with an attorney regarding any changes to the legal code governing a legal fence between neighbors.