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  1. #1
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    Default Height of boundary fence.

    Whats the legal height of a boundary fence on the north shore ? Thats the fence that would go down "beside" two properties not the fence facing the road.

    Anybody know of any links on the council site i can follow - i cant find anything.

    Where does the height of the fence matter - so for example if the land is uneven from the start to the end ie sloping.


    Thanks in advance for your answer..

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    District Plan. Just ring up and ask

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    2 Meters is max height allowed in manukau

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    1.8 on the Shore.

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    "16.6.1.12 Fences, Boundary or Retaining WallsA fence, or boundary or retaining wall may be erected on any residential site boundary
    or within any yard provided that the fence or boundary wall does not exceed 1.8 metres
    in height, or the height (measured top to bottom) of any combined fence or boundary or
    retaining wall does not exceed 1.8 metres, and any such retaining wall is either a
    Permitted activity or is granted a resource consent in accordance with Rule 9.4.1."

    Hope this helps The local council will be more than willing to help, its part of their job description.

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    Thank you for that

    I did a search for "16.6.1.12 Fences, Boundary or Retaining" and found the pdf file that it came from.

    It has an interesting passage in it - which is an interesting "gotcha for some"


    "Where a wall retaining natural ground level existed on 22 March 2007, a fence of 1.2
    metres in height above that natural ground level may be erected, provided a setback
    of at least 0.5 metres (from the rear face of the existing retaining wall) is used to
    allow a full half metre of space for planting or hedging."



    Lets say you have a existing two meter high retaining wall on the boundary - which has no fence. A neighbor can drop a fence with a size of 2meters+1.6meters for a total of 3.6 meters from their soil line to obscure your view - however from your vantage point it would be only 1.6 meters high. This rule allows fences to be planted in all sorts of silly places - which if you assumed a fence could only ever be 1.6 meters high - your wrong.

    Just kinda of interesting to know and shows devil is always in the detail.

    Thanks ghouly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheFlash View Post
    Thank you for that
    Lets say you have a existing two meter high retaining wall on the boundary - which has no fence. A neighbor can drop a fence with a size of 2meters+1.6meters for a total of 3.6 meters from their soil line to obscure your view - however from your vantage point it would be only 1.6 meters high. This rule allows fences to be planted in all sorts of silly places - which if you assumed a fence could only ever be 1.6 meters high - your wrong.

    Just kinda of interesting to know and shows devil is always in the detail.

    Thanks ghouly.
    like for example they didn't want a neighbor on a higher section to peer down directly on all the goings on in their lot

    fences are for privacy

    seems fair enough
    have you defeated them?
    your demons

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    Yeah, but my beautiful lawn has its sunlight blocked.

    Not often i get to say " I learned something "

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    we used to have a property on the north shore where we ended up with a 2.8m high retaining wall on the section, we were also required by the council to fence the retaining wall to ensure public safety. But the height of the retaining wall and fence could not exceed 3m!!!
    We ended up selling as it was easier, the neighbour wouldn't give us permission to erect a fence any higher and the council said we needed his permission and if we did erect a fence with a combined height higher than 3m it would then be classed it as a building.

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    Yeah that ^ is an issue. A retaining wall with a fence built on it like that to be a boundary fence is going to have to have had resource consent to do, so any issues about fencing should have been resolved earlier in the application process.


 

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