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Electrified fences

Electrified fences are not permitted on residential zoned land or abutting a residential zoned lot. An electrified fence may be permitted on a rural or industrial zoned lot if compliant with the requirements of the City’s Local Laws Relating to Fencing 2000.

Electrified fences on a rural zoned lot

A licence is not required for an electrified fence on a rural zoned lot unless the fence will be located on or near a roadway. In such cases, a licence must be obtained before erecting an electrified fence or electrifying an existing fence. An application must be made in accordance with the City’s local laws and must include:

  • completed Application for building permit – Uncertified (form BA2),
  • written consent from the property owner (required if the applicant is not the property owner),
  • application fee (refer to current Schedule of Fees),
  • statement outlining the intended purpose and use of the electrified fence,
  • plans and specifications showing the location of the electrified fence and demonstrating compliance with the local laws and AS/NZS 3016, including that the electrified fence is not less than 3 metres inside the boundary fence.

For more information on what to submit, refer to the information sheet under Related Links below. An application for a licence will be assessed to confirm compliance and either approved or refused accordingly. A licence may be issued subject to conditions that must be complied with.

Electrified fences on an industrial zoned lot

For industrial zoned land, a licence must be obtained before erecting an electrified fence or electrifying an existing fence. Application must be made in accordance with the City’s local laws and must include:

  • completed Application for building permit – Uncertified (form BA2),
  • written consent from the property owner (required if the applicant is not the property owner),
  • application fee (refer to current Schedule of Fees),
  • ·outlining the intended purpose and use of the electrified fence,
  • plans and specifications showing the location of the electrified fence and demonstrating compliance with the local laws and AS/NZS 3016, including provisions that it may be rendered inoperable during business operating hours.

For more information on what to submit, refer to the information sheet under Related Links below. An application for a licence will be assessed to confirm compliance and either approved or refused accordingly. A licence may be issued subject to conditions that must be complied with.

Cancellation of an electrified fence licence

Under the City’s local laws a licence may be cancelled if:

  • the fence no longer satisfies the requirements of the local laws or AS/NZS 3016, or
  • the licence holder breaches any condition upon which the licence has been issued.

If a licence is cancelled the licence holder will be notified in writing immediately.

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