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Anderson v. Fautin, 2016 UT 22, (May 31, 2016)

May 31, 2016

In this boundary dispute case, the Utah Supreme Court held that Utah’s boundary by acquiescence doctrine does not require a claimant to prove occupancy on both sides of a visible line, so the non-claimant’s occupancy is “immaterial to the occupation element.“ The doctrine requires a claimant to show: “(1) a visible line marked by monuments, fences, buildings, or natural features treated as a boundary; (2) the claimant’s occupation of his or her property up to the visible line such that it would give a reasonable landowner notice that the claimant is using the line as a boundary; (3) mutual acquiescence in the line as a boundary by adjoining landowners; (4) for a period of at least 20 years.”