Legal requirements of electric fencing exist to ensure the safety of the public. Laws have been created to minimise the risk of any person receiving a shock from an electric fence, whether that be across a public right of way or bordering a public right of way.
Electric fencing serves many different purposes, including containing livestock in a field, warning away predators, and stopping domestic animals like dogs from escaping the garden.
Rules & Regulations
Below are a few examples of regulations that must be adhered to, in order to keep animals and the public safe from harm.
The British Horse Society has offered expert advice on electric fencing for bridleways. Any new fencing, whether it be permanent or temporary, on registered common land needs the permission of the Secretary of State. The only exception to this rule is temporary fencing in a limited number of specified circumstances.
The Society has also make recommendations for what to consider before installing electric fencing. They suggest that the landowner or occupier should carry out a risk assessment before putting up any electric fencing alongside a road or other public route open to ridden horses.
The risk assessment should take into account the physical nature of the way as well as the local circumstances, and consider alternatives to electric fencing for the route.
For more information, visit the official website.
Electric Fencing for all Occasions
Electric fencing is an extremely useful system in many different cases, such as for security and controlling livestock. When used responsibly in these cases, it can offer benefits that other fencing systems can not. To see our full range of electric fencing, including fence posts, insulators, and energisers, visit our Electric Fencing page.