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Finding Your Property Line

While the City of Fargo does not offer a service to find your property, we can offer some tips on finding them yourself. The only way to legally find your boundaries is to hire a licensed land surveyor or engineering company. To get a general idea of where the property lines are, try the following: 

  • Talk to your neighbors. They may know of landmarks or other indications of where the property lines lie.
  • Look at your sidewalk. Unless it has been replaced, there should be a spot where the company that poured the concrete stamped it on both sides of a break between two sections of concrete, and that should line up with your property line.
  • When your neighborhood was laid out (platted) pins were buried at the corners of the lots and may still be in place. Be aware, however, that these pins can be moved. Look for the property pins in the ground; these are typically 3/4” diameter x 18” long metal rods placed vertically in the ground. The depth varies from just under the sod line to 3’ or more depending upon how much fill was required. Sometimes they have a plastic cap on them that identifies the surveyor. A metal detector works great for finding them. There are property lines in the city that are right on the sidewalk line and some are up to 10 feet away.
  • Locating the surveyor’s pins is not a substitute for accurate field surveys.

Property lines are generally 2 feet from the back of the sidewalk (where sod and the sidewalk meet) toward the home.