Building A Fence

Last updated: 28 Jun, 2023 07:14pm

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

Fencing Act

  • 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.

Fences around swimming pools

If you are constructing a fence that is intended as a swimming pool fence, then a Building Consent is required.

F9 of the Building Code lays out the requirements of a swimming pool fence (previously this was covered by the Fencing of Swimming Pools Act)

All pools that are capable of holding more than 400mm need to have an associated pool fence that meets the requirements of F9.


There are some simple exemptions to this.

Swimming pools that have ‘smooth sides’ and are at least 1.2m high do not require fencing.

Spa pools that have a lockable lid are also exempt from the requirements of needing a swimming pool fence.

If you are unsure if your pool needs a fence (and associated building consent), please contact us.