Agreed-Boundary Doctrine Law and Legal Definition

The agreed-boundary doctrine is also termed as the doctrine of practical location. The purpose of this doctrine is to resolve dispute over land boundaries by fixing boundaries permanently by agreement. However, this doctrine is not frequently available now, because in recent cases the doctrine is used in situations where the true boundary of the properties is not ascertainable. Pursuant to this doctrine, if the exact location of a property line is unknown and the owners of contiguous land agree to erect a fence where they think the property line belongs, and there is acquiescence in the agreed fence for a time exceeding the statute of limitations, the fence may be deemed the new property line.