What is Legal Fence Panel Height?

What is Legal Fence Panel Height?

Before you fence off your property you should know the legal limit for the fence panel height. There are laws that determine when a fence is needed, height and usage of fence panels and posts, and more. Being aware of potential issues that can arise will help you construct your fence without any possible legal trouble. Here are some matters you should look out for and how to resolve them.

Issues Relating to Fences and Boundaries

Not all properties need fencing, however, there are laws that determine types of property that need fencing for safety and security. When constructing fencing, be aware of the following:

  • Know whether fencing is needed for the type of property you own. Fencing is especially needed for railways, mines, roadside buildings and fields with livestock. Poor fencing can endanger your safety and security, your property and also other people.
  • Be careful to avoid building fence panels and posts on your neighbour’s property. Not being aware of your own property’s boundaries could lead to disagreements and potential legal disputes.
  • Understand the maximum fence panel height for your property. Building your fence too high can be in breach of local planning rules.
  • Be aware of who owns dividing fences on street properties. You may think you are responsible for all of them, but which fences belong to you can vary from property to property.
  • Unless you have permission from your neighbours, be careful when coming into contact with their fencing. Even painting your side of their fence or hanging things off it could make you liable for damages.
  • Be certain of the quality of material you use for building your fence. If not checked then the material you purchase from your timber merchants may not be up to the task.

Ways to Build Your Fence Correctly

To avoid any issues when building your fence do the following:

  • Know what government acts apply to your property and what fencing requirements are needed.
  • Discuss with your neighbours before putting up your fence so you do not accidentally infringe on their property.
  • Check with your local authority planning office the maximum fence panel height for your property.
  • Check with the property vendor for a conveyance deed or transfer deed for your property. This will tell you who is responsible for fences that divide street properties.
  • Always get permission before adding to or altering your neighbour’s fence for your own needs.
  • If affixing a wooden fence to a solid wall, make sure it is supported by installing brackets and connections.
  • Remember to fix a gate in your fence that allows for access while protecting your property. Make sure you check the size, material and aesthetics so it blends with the rest of your fence.
  • Ensure the type of fence you choose will properly secure your property and keep it safe.

Why Use Clarke Fencing

Since 1984 we at Clarke Fencing have been the leading timber merchants for both commercial and domestic clients in the UK. We sell individual materials such as fence panels and posts on our online store as well as engage in larger fencing projects. As a family-run business, we believe in quality work and great customer service. From fence panel heights to boundary compliances, our experience with developers and councils will ensure that all fencing is built correctly and efficiently. Visit our list of wooden gravel boards for more details. For the best timber merchants in your area contact Clarke Fencing today.