While there are many reasons that people choose to live in Hawaii, many value the gorgeous ocean or mountain views. So what happens when a neighbor obstructs a prized view from one’s property? View ordinances might prove helpful, but only in certain situations.
What is a view ordinance?
Towns and cities that are known for their exceptional views of the ocean, mountains or more typically have view ordinances. These ordinances typically prohibit property owners from blocking their neighbors’ views under certain circumstances. In general, view ordinances only apply to trees and not other obstructions, such as:
- Backyard structures
If a neighbor’s tree is blocking one’s view, it may be worthwhile to speak with him or her first. Neighbors are sometimes able to reach an agreement on their own, and often in less time than it would take to enforce a view ordinance. Alternatively, additional ordinances or even homeowners’ association rules could also be applicable. These other regulations often apply to more than just trees, and include the location of structures as well as fence heights.
Purchasing a home is often one of the biggest investments a person will ever make in his or her lifetime. Losing a prized view of the ocean, mountains or more can be disheartening in light of the amount of time and money most people put into their properties. When it is not possible to reach an agreement with a neighbor, homeowners in Hawaii may want to explore their options for enforcing view ordinances.