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Code of Virginia
Title 55. Property and Conveyances
5/26/2019

Chapter 18. Trespasses; FencesRead Chapter

  • Article 1. Electric FencesRead all
  • § 55-298
    Repealed
    § 55-298.1
    Unlawful to sell, distribute, construct, install, maintain or use certain electric fences upon agricultural land except as provided in § 55-298.2
    § 55-298.2
    Unlawful to sell other controlling devices unless they meet certain standards
    § 55-298.3
    Exceptions to § 55-298.2
    § 55-298.4
    Definition
    § 55-298.5
    Penalty
  • Article 2. What Constitutes Lawful FenceRead all
  • § 55-299
    Definition of lawful fence
    § 55-300
    Court may declare stream of water or canal a lawful fence; proceeding therefor
    § 55-301
    Revocation of order
    § 55-302
    Boundary lines of certain low grounds on James River a lawful fence
    § 55-303
    Statutes declaring watercourses lawful fences continued
  • Article 3. Cattle Guards and Gates Across Rights-of-WayRead all
  • § 55-304
    Property owner may place cattle guards or gates across right-of-way
    § 55-305
    Persons having easement may replace gate with cattle guard; maintenance and use thereof; deemed lawful gate
  • Article 4. Trespass in Crossing Lawful FenceRead all
  • § 55-306
    Damages for trespass by animals; punitive and double damages
    § 55-307
    Lien on animals
    § 55-308
    Impounding animals
    § 55-309
    Duty to issue warrant when animal impounded
  • Article 5. No-Fence LawRead all
  • § 55-310
    How governing body of county may make local fence law
    § 55-311
    Effect of such law on certain fences
    § 55-312
    Application to railroad companies
    § 55-313
    No authority to adopt more stringent fence laws
    § 55-314
    Effect on existing fence laws or no-fence laws
    § 55-315
    Lands under quarantine
    § 55-316
    When unlawful for animals to run at large
  • Article 6. Division FencesRead all
  • § 55-317
    Obligation to provide division fences
    § 55-318
    When no division fence has been built
    § 55-319
    When division fence already built
    § 55-320
    Recovery of amount due in connection with division fence
    § 55-321
    Requirements for agreement to bind successors in title; subsequent owners
    § 55-322
    How notice given
  • Article 7. Special Provisions for Unincorporated CommunitiesRead all
  • § 55-323
    Courts to fix boundaries of villages to prevent animals from running at large
    § 55-324
    Petition for action under § 55-323
    § 55-325
    Entry of order if petition not contested
    § 55-326
    Procedure in case of contest
    § 55-327
    Order of court
    § 55-328
    Animals may not run at large after entry of order
    § 55-329
    Costs; by whom fines imposed
    § 55-330
    Owner of animals liable for trespasses