Boundary Fence Questions Answered

If you are thinking of putting a boundary fence around your property, there can be a surprising number of factors that you have to think about. From the fence itself to the guidelines and restrictions that cover the installation of a boundary fence, it is important that you are aware of what you can and can’t do before you start installing your fence.

Replacing dividing fences – who pays?

If you have a fence that runs between your property and your neighbour’s property and it is in deteriorating condition, you can ask your neighbour if they are willing to pay half of the cost of a ‘sufficient dividing fence’. There are several mitigating factors that determine what a sufficient dividing fence is:

  • What type of fence the existing one is
  • What yours and your neighbour’s land is used for, respectively
  • The types of fences used in your area
  • Any requirements from your local council
  • The privacy of you and your neighbour
  • Whether or not your fence encloses a swimming pool

If you want a fence that is classed as more than sufficient, you will be required to pay the extra amount. Otherwise, your neighbour will only have to pay half of the amount required for a ‘sufficient’ fence.

I want to put up a fence. How high can it be?

The height of any prospective fence is usually decided by planning permissions and any local council requirements. However, the generally accepted rule is that fences in rear gardens should be no more than 2 metres tall.

Can I ask my neighbour to reduce the height of their fence?

The only time that your neighbour would be required to change the height of his or her fence would be if the fence exceeds the height restrictions put in place by your local authority. Otherwise, there is little you can do – to find out if the fence does exceed regulations, it must be measured from the base on the ground where it stands.

Part of the dividing fence is used to fence off my neighbour’s swimming pool. Who has to pay for any repairs?

In this case, the responsibility for payment for repairs, alterations, construction and maintenance falls to the owner of the property with the swimming pool. The section of fence that covers their swimming pool is entirely their responsibility, and it is also their job to ensure the swimming pool fence adheres to the relevant regulations.

Can I hang things on my neighbour’s fence?

You can only hang things on the fence if you have permission from your neighbour. This also applies to leaning things on the fence – the reason being that any extra weight on the fence can exceed the load that the panels should be bearing, and any damage that occurs as a result will fall under your responsibility. Anything you do to your neighbour’s fence without their permission can be classed as criminal damage, so ensure you get full clearance to do so before you start work.

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