A summary of the fencing policy is below – this may be useful for future enquiries as we do get a significant number of fencing requests and Leeds Building Services work within this strict criteria:
They will replace fencing or gates:
· If your garden adjoins a main road and you have children under 7 years old living in the property listed as occupants.
· If there is a difference in levels in your garden or on the boundary of your garden that poses a risk to Health and Safety.
· If the existing fence or gate is in a condition where it poses a risk to Health and Safety and cannot be economically repaired i.e. where a fence is leaning out over a public footpath.
We will not replace fencing or gates:
· If there is already a boundary in place. We do not remove hedges, trees or bushes to install fencing and we will not install a fence or gates if you have removed hedges, trees or bushes.
· To dividing fences (a fence between your garden and your neighbour’s garden) unless the request satisfies one of the above three criteria.
· If you have previously removed the fence or gate i.e. if you have removed a section of fencing to allow a vehicle to be parked in your garden. If you obtain permission to create a drive in your garden, you are responsible for altering the fencing, providing gates and arranging for a dropped kerb to be installed, including getting permission,
· To prevent pets (usually dogs) from entering or leaving your garden. Pets are the responsibility of their owner and they need to make sure that they are kept suitably under control.
· If you have a side gate (often called a ‘dog gate’) that is broken we will repair it if we can do so. We do not install or replace dog gates. if a broken dog gate cannot be repaired we will remove it completely and make good any disturbed surfaces. Sometimes, new fencing is installed to try and prevent or deter vandalism or Anti Social behaviour by enhancing security. In these circumstances, the local area and neighbouring properties are considered at the same time. Often this type of fencing is installed to multiple homes not just single addresses.