Building a Fence

In general, if you keep a boundary fence to 1.8m high (6 foot) you will not need either a building or resource consent.

  • If your fence is over 1.8m but under 2.5m, only a Resource Consent is required.
  • If your fence is over 2.5m, both a Resource and Building consent will be required.

There are different rules when it comes to swimming pools so if you are constructing a swimming pool fence please see our page about Swimming Pools.

It is important to talk to your neighbour before constructing a fence as they may want to have some say in the design or even contribute to the cost of the project. It’s also crucial that you confirm your property’s boundaries before you build. The Fencing Act 1978 outlines your responsibilities and rights when it comes to boundary fences on your property.