Building Fences (includes pools)

Council is generally reluctant to become involved in neighbourhood disputes about fences unless a fence exceeds the maximum permitted height specified for the zone. However, we have put together a 'Fences and Your Rights' brochure that contains some general rules which may assist you when addressing your rights concerning fences.

This brochure includes information about:

  • serving a fencing notice; 
  • Disputes Tribunal; 
  • other forms of resolution; 
  • Horowhenua District Plan Standards. 

Please refer to the Horowhenua District Plan to check the zoning of your property or contact Council on (06) 366 0999.

The provisions outlined in the brochure are from the Horowhenua District Plan as at June 2014. These provisions may change and, as such, should only be used as a guide.

Fences and Your Rights Brochure(PDF, 195KB)

Swimming & Spa Pool Fences

If your pool has the capability of water depth greater than 400mm (16 inches) then it is required to be fenced in accordance with the Act.

Anyone intending to install a new pool, spa or hot tub or new pool fence, must apply for and uplift a Building Consent prior to commencing the work.

Further information can be viewed in our Swimming & Spa Pool Requirements Brochure.

Swimming & Spa Pool Requirements Brochure(PDF, 111KB)

Council Pool Register

The Fencing of Swimming Pools Act 1987 requires pool owners to notify the Council of the existence of a pool, regardless of when the pool was installed.

Horowhenua District Council Pool Register Form(PDF, 96KB)