I've got a vacant lot in Lake Placid Florida ( Highland county ) just north of lake Okeechobee. The lot is not on a paved street and is a good mile from a paved street and houses. It gets no mail or garbage service. There are no power lines or water lines. I camped on the lot for three nights and saw nobody drive or walk by while there.

It was a cheap lot and i don't want to spend any more money on it for a survey or permits. I have no plans to build. I'd like to install ( no concrete ) some 10 t-post well inside my lot lines and run some 12ga steel lines as perimeter to keep ATVs out and help grow some vines and thorn hedges.

If I ask, the county might want a permit and subsequently a survey. Do I need a permit ? What could go wrong if i just do it ?

Ive read if you get caught the permit cost x 2, but is this even a permanent fence ?

What about barbed-wire lines and Liability issues ?

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    If ATV's are an issue, any fencing better be legal and signs posted. Someone gets injured and the lawyers will be swarming in. – JACK May 17 at 18:40
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    Didn't you get a survey when you bought it? – JACK May 17 at 18:41
  • no survey. cheap lot. some signs are already posted. no ATVs through the lots themselves. pretty wooded. – Hell.Bent May 17 at 19:06
  • We can not advise you on legal matters. If you put up wire you need to have it clearly marked with bright streamers so people on ATV's do not behead themselves on your fence. You will also need clearly visible no trespassing signs. – Alaska Man May 17 at 19:07
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    On the one hand selective availability has been turned off for decades - on the other hand, your phone is not a survey-grade GPS, so pinpoint accuracy (or reproducibility) may not be very likely. But if you're going to give it 10 feet of windage you'll probably end up on your own land if the maps you are starting from are accurate. Try checking a few hard landmarks (or actual benchmarks) against what your phone (or chosen GPS unit) says. It would be highly unusual to not have physical markers (may or may not be rods) at the physical corners. – Ecnerwal May 17 at 19:40

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