Before building a new structure or fence, it is important to know where the property lines are. Property lines are often not located at the edge of the street or even the edge of the sidewalk. A typical street right-of-way includes room for the paved street, sidewalks, and street trees. Also, it is important not to assume that a fence between neighbors is on the property line.
For sites within the city limits, Public Works staff may be able to determine the approximate distance of the property line from the street curb or sidewalk. If the original property pins (typically a metal post with a plastic tie or cap attached at the top) are still in place, you may be able to locate them by using a metal detector. To determine precise locations of property lines, you may need to engage the services of a private land surveyor.