In Auckland, there is no specific regulation that determines who gets the “bad side” of the fence, commonly referred to as the less aesthetically pleasing side. It typically depends on the arrangement or agreement between the neighboring property owners.
However, it is generally considered good practice to have the more visually appealing side facing outward, towards the neighboring property or the street. This is often a matter of courtesy and maintaining a visually consistent streetscape.
If you have concerns or issues related to the side of the fence facing your property, it is recommended to discuss it with your neighbor first. Open and respectful communication can often lead to a mutually agreeable solution.
In the event of a dispute or if you need further assistance, you can contact the Disputes Resolution Services of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE). They provide information and assistance for resolving disputes related to fencing and boundary issues. You can visit their website at www.building.govt.nz or contact them at 0800 242 243 for more information.
For specific regulations, contact details, and addresses related to your particular situation, it’s best to visit the official website of Auckland Council at www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz. They provide comprehensive information about fencing regulations and contact details for relevant departments that can assist you with any inquiries or issues you may have.