Modern fencing gate ideas and laws

Modern fencing gate ideas and laws

When looking to build a fence between your property and your neighbour’s, it pays to know your rights and obligations. The Fencing Act sets this out in a clear and readable fashion, so you can concentrate on the important decisions – metal or iron? Bamboo fencing or concrete slabs?

Words by ArchiPro Editorial Team

When looking to build a fence between your property and your neighbour’s, it pays to know your rights and obligations. The Fencing Act sets this out in a clear and readable fashion, so you can concentrate on the important decisions – metal fencing or iron fence? Bamboo fence or concrete slabs?

A fence will add privacy and security and make for more peaceful living – as long as you don’t start a war with your neighbour in the process. Knowing the legal ins and outs from the outset, and communicating these, and your plans, to affected neighbours will make for a much smoother process.

A-lign Fencing from Claymark
A-lign Fencing from Claymark

Should neighbours split the cost of a fence?

If you wish to build a fence on a common boundary with your neighbour, or upgrade an existing one, the neighbour should generally pay half the cost of an "adequate" fence.

However, if the chosen materials and design exceed this, then the additional expense will likely fall upon the instigator of the fence.

Fencing laws and your neighbours

The Fencing Act 1978 explains that the party looking to install the fence should issue any affected neighbours with a Fencing Notice, stipulating the boundary to be fenced, type of fence, who will build it, estimated cost, how the materials will be purchased and the intended commencement date.

Neighbours have a 21 day period to object or make a counter proposal. If there are continuing issues after this time there are further processes to be followed.

Once the process has been agreed, it is time to really start planning the perfect fence.

What are the top four fencing materials?

Aluminium fencing and aluminium gates are known for being low maintenance, durable and versatile – and are therefore a highly popular choice, especially for securely fencing in dogs, or in situations where additional privacy is a preference.

Timber fencing is a classic option that will work well in any backyard. A highly affordable option, easy to install, it is often preferred to more fiddly options such as stone walls or vinyl.

The hardy and durable properties of wrought iron fencing mean it is worth considering as a low maintenance option – one with character and class.

Steel fencing brings some undeniable benefits, including durability, security and ease of maintenance. Aesthetically, steel is a popular choice given its ability to be customised in terms of colour and height – and combined with gates and garage doors for design flow.

Louvre Fence Panels from Louvretec New Zealand
Louvre Fence Panels from Louvretec New Zealand

Add character with creative fencing styles

Fences don’t have to be solid and boring, use your fence to make a statement by choosing baluster pillars or slat panels. A contemporary louvre fence will ensure air and light flow, and provide a more welcoming feel, while trellis brings opportunity for beautiful climbing plants to weave their way through it. 

Top banner image credit: Grey Lynn from Jessop Architects

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Modern fencing gate ideas and laws

When looking to build a fence between your property and your neighbour’s, it pays to know your rights and obligations. The Fencing Act sets this out in a clear and readable fashion, so you can concentrate on the important decisions – metal or iron? Bamboo fencing or concrete slabs?

Words by ArchiPro Editorial Team

When looking to build a fence between your property and your neighbour’s, it pays to know your rights and obligations. The Fencing Act sets this out in a clear and readable fashion, so you can concentrate on the important decisions – metal fencing or iron fence? Bamboo fence or concrete slabs?

A fence will add privacy and security and make for more peaceful living – as long as you don’t start a war with your neighbour in the process. Knowing the legal ins and outs from the outset, and communicating these, and your plans, to affected neighbours will make for a much smoother process.

A-lign Fencing from Claymark
A-lign Fencing from Claymark

Should neighbours split the cost of a fence?

If you wish to build a fence on a common boundary with your neighbour, or upgrade an existing one, the neighbour should generally pay half the cost of an "adequate" fence.

However, if the chosen materials and design exceed this, then the additional expense will likely fall upon the instigator of the fence.

Fencing laws and your neighbours

The Fencing Act 1978 explains that the party looking to install the fence should issue any affected neighbours with a Fencing Notice, stipulating the boundary to be fenced, type of fence, who will build it, estimated cost, how the materials will be purchased and the intended commencement date.

Neighbours have a 21 day period to object or make a counter proposal. If there are continuing issues after this time there are further processes to be followed.

Once the process has been agreed, it is time to really start planning the perfect fence.

What are the top four fencing materials?

Aluminium fencing and aluminium gates are known for being low maintenance, durable and versatile – and are therefore a highly popular choice, especially for securely fencing in dogs, or in situations where additional privacy is a preference.

Timber fencing is a classic option that will work well in any backyard. A highly affordable option, easy to install, it is often preferred to more fiddly options such as stone walls or vinyl.

The hardy and durable properties of wrought iron fencing mean it is worth considering as a low maintenance option – one with character and class.

Steel fencing brings some undeniable benefits, including durability, security and ease of maintenance. Aesthetically, steel is a popular choice given its ability to be customised in terms of colour and height – and combined with gates and garage doors for design flow.

Louvre Fence Panels from Louvretec New Zealand
Louvre Fence Panels from Louvretec New Zealand

Add character with creative fencing styles

Fences don’t have to be solid and boring, use your fence to make a statement by choosing baluster pillars or slat panels. A contemporary louvre fence will ensure air and light flow, and provide a more welcoming feel, while trellis brings opportunity for beautiful climbing plants to weave their way through it. 

Top banner image credit: Grey Lynn from Jessop Architects

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Modern fencing gate ideas and laws

Modern fencing gate ideas and laws

When looking to build a fence between your property and your neighbour’s, it pays to know your rights and obligations. The Fencing Act sets this out in a clear and readable fashion, so you can concentrate on the important decisions – metal or iron? Bamboo fencing or concrete slabs?

Words by ArchiPro Editorial Team

When looking to build a fence between your property and your neighbour’s, it pays to know your rights and obligations. The Fencing Act sets this out in a clear and readable fashion, so you can concentrate on the important decisions – metal fencing or iron fence? Bamboo fence or concrete slabs?

A fence will add privacy and security and make for more peaceful living – as long as you don’t start a war with your neighbour in the process. Knowing the legal ins and outs from the outset, and communicating these, and your plans, to affected neighbours will make for a much smoother process.

A-lign Fencing from Claymark
A-lign Fencing from Claymark

Should neighbours split the cost of a fence?

If you wish to build a fence on a common boundary with your neighbour, or upgrade an existing one, the neighbour should generally pay half the cost of an "adequate" fence.

However, if the chosen materials and design exceed this, then the additional expense will likely fall upon the instigator of the fence.

Fencing laws and your neighbours

The Fencing Act 1978 explains that the party looking to install the fence should issue any affected neighbours with a Fencing Notice, stipulating the boundary to be fenced, type of fence, who will build it, estimated cost, how the materials will be purchased and the intended commencement date.

Neighbours have a 21 day period to object or make a counter proposal. If there are continuing issues after this time there are further processes to be followed.

Once the process has been agreed, it is time to really start planning the perfect fence.

What are the top four fencing materials?

Aluminium fencing and aluminium gates are known for being low maintenance, durable and versatile – and are therefore a highly popular choice, especially for securely fencing in dogs, or in situations where additional privacy is a preference.

Timber fencing is a classic option that will work well in any backyard. A highly affordable option, easy to install, it is often preferred to more fiddly options such as stone walls or vinyl.

The hardy and durable properties of wrought iron fencing mean it is worth considering as a low maintenance option – one with character and class.

Steel fencing brings some undeniable benefits, including durability, security and ease of maintenance. Aesthetically, steel is a popular choice given its ability to be customised in terms of colour and height – and combined with gates and garage doors for design flow.

Louvre Fence Panels from Louvretec New Zealand
Louvre Fence Panels from Louvretec New Zealand

Add character with creative fencing styles

Fences don’t have to be solid and boring, use your fence to make a statement by choosing baluster pillars or slat panels. A contemporary louvre fence will ensure air and light flow, and provide a more welcoming feel, while trellis brings opportunity for beautiful climbing plants to weave their way through it. 

Top banner image credit: Grey Lynn from Jessop Architects

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