The question of front fencing came up. Firstly, we want to budget for all our house-related costs and secondly, there was a fleeting thought that we could get council approval for the front fence at the same time as the house. But, in breaking news, council have already granted planning consent, and I’ve since discovered we don’t need council approval for a front fence unless we want to vary from their standards. In any case, I spent the past week trawling the web and roaming the streets in search of front fence inspiration.
Here’s the situation:
- We are going to use the front yard as a back yard. It will host a little veggie patch, the compost bin and space for the kids to play. It also has to accommodate the usual driveway and front door access.
- We are thinking of a fence and gate that keeps the kiddies in and strolling dogs out.
- I love fence designs that include wood.
- My husband fears years of his life will be dwindled away maintaining a wood fence.
- The City of Mandurah has somewhat complicated front fence regulations that I don’t entirely understand. (I’ll include them in the fine print, just in case any of those engineery or drafty-type people are reading and feel like having a go at explaining the details to me.)
The fine print:
Excerpt from The City of Mandurah’s standards for residential fences:
- No part of the fence (including footings) is allowed to encroach into the road verge.
- A front fence that exceeds 750mm in height is not permitted within a 1.5m x 1.5m visual truncation on each side of any driveway where it meets a front boundary. This truncation will not be required provided the driveway and crossover is wider than 6 metres and a footpath is not located within 1.5 metres of the front fence.
- Any portion of a front fence that is higher than 1.2m must be visually permeable.
- The maximum acceptable height of a front fence is 1.8m. Piers/posts (with a maximum dimension of 500 x 500), may be incorporated in the fence up to a maximum height of 2.1m.
And here’s a reminder of how the front of our block will look: