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Electric and Barbed Wire Fences Adjacent to Public Land Bylaw 2015

This bylaw limits the use of electric or barbed wire fencing along boundaries with public land in the former Papakura and Waitākere districts.

You should know

We recently reviewed the Public Safety and Nuisance Bylaw 2013.

After considering feedback from a public consultation, we have decided to address fence-related matters in Schedule 1 of the updated Public Safety and Nuisance Bylaw, which comes into effect from 1 October 2019.

As a result, this bylaw will be revoked as of 1 October 2019.

You can read the updated bylaw on the Public Safety and Nuisance Bylaw 2013 page. You can also read the feedback summary on the Have your say page.

What the Electric and Barbed Wire Fences Adjacent to Public Land Bylaw does

The bylaw:

  • in the former Papakura district, requires any barbed wire on a fence within 1m of a public place to be at least 2m above the ground, unless approved by council
  • in the former Papakura district, requires any electrified part of a fence within 1m of a public place to be at least 3m above the ground, unless approved by council
  • in the former Waitākere district, requires any part of a fence likely to inflict injury to be at least 2m above ground level, or constructed in such a way as to not cause harm to any person or animal.