How to Get Your Neighbour to Agree to the Fence You Want


If you want to erect new fencing in your garden, you might think that you can simply choose a fence you like and put it up. This process may not, however, be as simple as you think. Most states require the people who live on either side of the fence to be involved in the project. For example, in Western Australia, neighbours who share a fence boundary are typically both equally liable for fencing costs.

Depending on your location, you may need the agreement of your neighbour to erect a new fence or to fix or repair an existing one. While this may not pose problems on many fence projects, it may be an issue if you want to erect fencing that your neighbour doesn't like. Your neighbour may then refuse to share the costs and to give agreement to the fencing. If you find yourself in this situation, it many help to find out why your neighbour doesn't want to work with you to see if you can come to a compromise.

Does Your Neighbour Think the Fence Is Too Expensive?

Putting up a regular fence may not cause a dispute with your neighbour, but deciding to put up a more expensive type of fencing may be an issue. You may think that your fencing choice is great; your neighbour may worry about the cost. If your neighbour can't afford the fencing you're proposing, they may simply not want to go down that route and may refuse to agree to your project solution.

If you're wedded to your fencing choice and don't want to downgrade to a lower budget, you may be able to get around this problem by agreeing to pay more towards the cost of the fencing or to fund the whole project yourself. Neighbours typically don't have to share the cost of fencing equally if one of you agrees to pay more.

Does Your Neighbour Have Issues With Your Choice of Fencing?

In some cases, your neighbour may simply just not like the fencing type, colour or material you've chosen. In other cases, your neighbour may feel that the fence will affect their privacy or their quality of life in their home or garden. For example, if you want to erect a high fence, your neighbour may worry that parts of it will block light coming into their home; a low fence may make them concerned about a lack of privacy between your gardens.

If you can identify the reasons why your neighbour doesn't like the type of fencing you want to put up, you may be able to compromise to find a solution that suits both of you. If this is not possible, you may have to follow state regulations to get the dispute settled. If you aren't sure how things work in your state, it's worth asking your fencing contractor for advice in the first instance. They may be able to help you work out what you need to do next if you can't reach an agreement with your neighbour.


10 November 2016

How to Choose Security Fencing

If you want a security fence, you probably want to keep something safely inside the fence and/or something (or someone!) outside of it. That’s the easy bit. Choosing the right security fencing for your needs can be a bit more difficult. For example, before you can buy the right fencing, you need to think about all kinds of stuff from the size of the fence to the material it’s made of. In some cases, you may also want to add security extras like anti-climb features. I created this blog to cover the ins and outs of security fencing in more detail. Hopefully, it’ll help you learn more about how to choose the right fencing for your security problem.