Missouri Fence Laws

Missouri Revised Statutes

Chapter 272 – Fences and Enclosures
272.010 Section 272.020.1 272.030


Fencing requirements



1. Any fence consisting of posts and wire or boards at least four feet high which is mutually agreed upon by adjoining landowners or decided upon by the associate circuit court of the county is a lawful fence.

2. All posts shall be set firmly in the ground not more than twelve feet apart with wire or boards securely fastened to such posts and placed at proper distances apart to resist horses, cattle and other similar livestock.


(RSMo 1939 § 14570, A.L. 2001 H.B. 219 merged with S.B. 462)
Prior revisions: 1929 § 12907; 1919 § 5512; 1909 § 6455

For more information about Fence Laws, please vist the Missouri Extension’s website at http://extension.missouri.edu/p/G811

Shaded Counties are those that have opted out of the General Fence Law. Many northern Missouri counties have opted out of the general fence law in favor of the more livestock-owner-friendly local option law.


Meramec Valley publishes this as informational only and in no way guarantees or warranties the accuracy of the information about this particular law. For up-to-the-minute information about Fence Laws, please consult your attorney.