Rules to Remember in Installing Chainwire Fence

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For Residential Purposes

Thinking of installing a chainwire fence for your home in Hunter Valley? Like many homeowners, you’ve probably felt the need to increase the security around your property. Chainwire fencing is a good way to not only provide a safe space for your family, but also gives you a feeling of privacy while hanging out in your backyard. Adding fencing also lessens noise pollution. 

There are many things to consider when installing chainwire fences for residential purposes. You have to consider things related to your neighbours, general security, and local council rules. Below, we list some of the rules that you must remember as a resident looking to have chainwire fencing installed.

Fencing height limits

Though you have the freedom to choose what material or type of fencing you’d like to install in your home, there are clear rules on the height of your fence. Generally, the front face fence (bordering the side of your property facing the road) can’t exceed a height of 1.5 meters. This rule considers the security of the whole neighbourhood. 

However, if your house faces a main road which is busier than most residential roads, then you can install a front face fence reaching a height of 2 meters. Corner blocks and heritage-listed properties also have different rules regarding fencing height.

It is always better to be sure about the fencing height, so contact a chainwire fencing specialist for a consultation. 

Dividing fences regulations

Dividing fences run between your property and your neighbour’s. There are rules on how to plan, repair, and finance the construction of dividing fences in residential areas, versus front face fences. 

  • What are dividing fences?

The Dividing Fences Act 1991 defines these fences as those which separate the lands of adjoining owners. They can be placed on the common boundary of the adjoining lands, or placed on an agreed line different from that common boundary. 

The basic principle outlined in this law is that the responsibility for costs related to the dividing fence should be divided equally between the two adjoining owners, up to a “sufficient standard”. This means that if one of the owners would like a fence of a higher standard (i.e. with higher quality materials), then that owner is responsible for paying for the extra cost. Similarly, the relevant owner would be responsible for additional requests in trimming, and vegetation clearance. 

  • What is a fencing agreement?

Everything from the design to the maintenance of the dividing fence should be decided collaboratively by the two owners in a fencing agreement. 

The relevant details of fencing project are the height, material and colour, the cost, position, and any additional work. 

  • What if there are disputes?

The Local Court and the Civil and Administrative Tribunal has the power to judge disputes related to dividing matters. So, if there are issues regarding the financial contribution of each party, the boundary or position of the fence, compensation, time frame, and so on, they can be resolved through this tribunal. 

Always follow the rules to ensure that your interests in security, privacy, and appearance are met. If you need more help in remembering these rules for residential fencing, contact our helpful experts today.

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