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Is it legal to build a fence?

Hello everyone, I'm Marco from Fenceshop, the leading e-commerce for fences. Today, we will discuss a very important topic: fences and the law. This is the first of two videos where we will cover the legal aspects related to building fences. In this first video, we will address the regulations in a general sense, while in the second video we will dive into the specific details.

Introduction to the topic

We have invited lawyer Nimi from the Turin bar to answer some of the most common questions on this topic. Thank you for being here with us, lawyer Nimi.

Is it legal to build a fence?

Installing a fence is legal if you are protecting your own property. Private property is recognized and guaranteed by both the Constitution and the Civil Code. However, this right is not absolute. It is essential to know the limits and rules to truly affirm this right.

Are there any limits to building a fence?

The topic of fences is very broad. While we can provide useful information for those unfamiliar with the subject, similar situations might require different assessments. It is important to avoid serious consequences for those simply trying to protect their property. The first piece of advice is to be clear about:

  • When you intend to install the fence
  • What type of fence you want to install
  • Where the property is located
  • What the purpose of the installation is

These aspects will be further discussed in the second part of our presentation.

Do you need permits to build a fence?

We must distinguish between two scenarios:

  • Fences without masonry work: If the metal fence does not require permanent masonry work, it falls under free construction activities and does not require any permits.
  • Fences with masonry work: If the fence includes a supporting concrete wall and metal mesh or an overlying iron fence, it is considered new construction and requires a construction permit.

If the fence is installed concurrently with the construction of a building, the necessary permit might already be included in the authorization for the building itself. Additionally, a landscape authorization might be needed if the fence has a significant impact on the surrounding landscape.

Practical advice for those who want to build a fence

For Mrs. Maria, who wants to install a fence, we suggest:

  • Research local regulations, rules, and urban planning constraints.
  • Consider the purpose of the fence: protection of private property or a business. In the latter case, workplace safety regulations must also be respected.
  • Pay attention to the distance from neighboring properties, based on the characteristics of the fence and its suitability to be qualified as a construction.

We have understood that it is important to proceed with caution when thinking about building a fence. We thank lawyer Nimi for his valuable advice and hope that our viewers found some interesting insights. Remember, this is the first of two videos, so stay tuned for further legal details. Subscribe to our channel and visit our websites and for more information about our products. See you soon!

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