Fencing is not just for display, although we all try to make it look nice! Fences provide good protection from passers-by, neighbours’ prying eyes, and they also serve as a barrier to keep stray and undesirable visitors such as dogs and cats off your property. Fences exist in a variety of shapes, sizes, colours, and materials, and many of them provide good weather protection for our homes. This form of shelter helps to safeguard our property structures and extend their life and are catered to a wide range of budgets.

Did you realise, however, that there are a few things to consider when it comes to your fence? There are many different laws when it comes to putting up a fence around your house so that there is no dispute between neighbours.

Any adjustments to the fence must be made by the fence’s owner, even if the other side of the fence is on neighbouring property. This means that if you build a fence in your backyard, your neighbour must get permission before painting or staining their side. Similarly, they are not allowed to grow trailing plants up it or engage in any other activity that could harm it.

As the owner, it is your responsibility to keep the fence in excellent shape and ensure that it is safe and does not pose a threat to others around.

Check out the infographic below where we take a deeper look into erecting a fence on the boundary of a property, from how the laws vary depending on the country, who is required to maintain the fence and how to resolve any disputes should they arise.

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Fencing Laws and Your Neighbours