Fence Issue with Neighbour and Council
Last edited 13/03/2018 - 12:37
Hi fellow bargain hunters,
I am a new home owner and need some advice on an issue with my fence please.
My neighbour built a 1.5m fence instead of the maximum 2m and has security cameras on the side and back of the house looking into my property. The other sides of my fence are 2m and 2.5m comparatively. So I attached some bamboo fencing on the short side for privacy and to stop the cameras looking into my property but also as a garden feature. I feel invaded by the cameras and could not enjoy my outside back because of this. The bamboo fence has fixed the problem but now the neighbor has complained to the Council about the high fence. My neigbour has been problematic ever since I moved in, complaining to Council once about my grass being too long. When an inspector visited to check the length of the grass, he told me he didn't understand why a complaint was made.
The Council wrote to me asking me to explain why I put bamboo fencing and that I need a building permit for it which could cost thousands. I explained and provided photos of the cameras, and the short fence.Other houses in the area have much higher fences, about 70 percent of them in fact.
But now the Council has written back to me saying I need to remove the fence by a certain date and if I don't I will be fined under the Building Act.
I have tried to liase with the neighbour but that has not worked and I don't know what else to do.
Any advice will be much appreciated.
CORRECTION: The maximum height fence is 2m not 3m. The neighbour built a 1.5m metre fence. I've corrected above. Apologies for the error.