If you're planning to build a fence around your property, there's some rules you should know about.

Rules about residential fences

Your fence may be affected by rules in our District Plan. The rules vary depending on where you live and the type of street and boundary your property is on.

If you're building in a residential zone, there's a specific rule you need to know:

Fences between buildings on the site and any road, public walkway or reserve shall be no higher than 1.2m in height if not visually permeable, or no more than 1.8m in height if visually permeable.

What does this mean?

  • Fences can be built up to 1.2m high.
  • A fence higher than 1.2m must be visually permeable (that means you must be able to see through 50% of the fence).
  • The maximum height for visually permeable fences is 1.8m.
  • The rule only applies to new fences and fences built after the rule was introduced in 2012.

​This rule is in place to help create safe and secure neighbourhoods and appealing open spaces.

How do I make sure my fence is visually permeable?

Have continuous vertical or horizontal gaps of at least 50mm width between your fence materials. There’s different ways this can be achieved, here's some right and wrong examples:

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If you can't meet these requirements, you'll need a resource consent.  If you are unfamiliar with the resource consent process or would like to discuss your application feel free to get in touch with us and have a chat to one of our Council planners.

To contact us call 0800 924 723 or email us at info@waipadc.govt.nz

If you’re planning any building work, it’s always best to view the District Plan to check what rules apply to your property or contact us and we'll guide you through the process.

Disputes between neighbours

Disputes between neighbours regarding fencing or boundaries are not a Council issue. We advise that you contact the Citizens Advice Bureau​ or a lawyer. The New Zealand Law Society has a guide called Over the fence...are your neighbours which may be useful.

Page reviewed: 30 Jan 2019 3:39pm