A fence is a freestanding structure that restricts movement across a
In some legislatures the standard height of a fence is limited, and to
exceed it a special permit is required.
Fences are constructed for several purposes, including:
Boundary fencing, to demarcate a piece of real property
Security fencing, to prevent trespassing or theft and/or to keep children
and pets from wandering away
Agricultural fencing, to keep livestock in or predators out
Privacy fencing, to provide privacy
Temporary fencing, to provide public safety and security on construction
Decorative fencing, to enhance the appearance of a property, garden or
Various types of fencing include:
Alternatives to fencing are a hedge or a ditch (sometimes filled with
water, forming a moat).
Barbed wire fence
Chain link fencing, sometimes called "Wire netting"
Dry-stone wall or rock fence, often agricultural
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Ha-ha (or sunken fence)
Hedgerows of intertwined, living shrubs (constructed by hedge laying)
High tensile smooth wire
Pet fence Underground Fence for pet containment
Picket fences, generally a waist-high, painted, partially decorative
Slate fence, a type of palisade made of vertical slabs of slate wired
together. Commonly used in parts of Wales.
Split-rail fences made of timber, often laid in a zig-zag pattern,
particularly in newly-settled parts of the United States and Canada
Turf mounds in semiarid grasslands such as the western United States
or Russian steppes`
Woven wire fencing, many designs, from fine Chicken wire to heavy mesh
"sheep fence" or "ring fence"
Wrought iron fencing, made from tube steel, also known as ornamental
Fences can be the source of bitter arguments between neighbors, and
there are often special laws to deal with these problems. Common
disagreements include what kind of fence is required, what kind of
repairs are needed, and how to share the costs.
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