The City is not an authority on property line disputes, but may have a survey on record that can help owners identify where property markers may be located. Here is some additional information on land surveying that may be of interest.
When trying to locate property markers, it may be possible to locate them on your own with assistance from metal detectors. Front yard property markers are typically 13-15 feet back from the curb-line. Property markers are most often an iron pipe or rod that is driven into the ground. Markers may be a just a few inches underground, and possibly deeper or missing altogether. Property owners may also wish to hire a licensed surveyor. State law requires that the resetting of any property markers displaced by neighbors or contractors is supervised by a licensed surveyor.
It is not uncommon for properties to have easements that allow for various functions and access across private property. Easements typically come with restrictions on how the land within the easement is used. Most properties have drainage easements along the side and rear property lines that allow for the drainage of surface storm water. Other easements include utility easements for underground lines, or to allow access for maintenance and utility improvements. In Apple Valley, City ordinance prohibits the location of any accessory structure within a drainage easement.
When it is believed that a neighbor’s fence is encroaching onto your property it may be smart to consult an attorney with experience in real-estate. Case law and legal recourse in these matters is very complicated and in most cases the land in dispute is worth very little, so the Minnesota Society of Professional Surveyors advises that it is probably unwise to start a quarrel over the matter.
If you would like more information regarding land surveying the Minnesota Society of Professional Surveyors has this information and more available on their website provided below.