What legal regulations do I need to be aware of when installing an electric fence.
As the operator of an electric fence system it is important to be aware of the rules surrounding their use. The law can vary depending on the region you are in. As such, please consult with the relevant authorities in your area before installing the fence system. We have summarised a selection of the most important points from various regulations for you here:
- Energisers may not be installed in rooms where there is a risk of fire, such as barns and stables.
- Where the energiser is inside a building, lightning protection equipment must be installed before introducing the fence supply (spark gap with grounding).
- It is recommended that mains energisers are used in power sockets equipped with residual current protection. Alternatively, a ground fault circuit breaker should be installed.
- Only one energiser may be connected to an electric fence system. When building multiple independent electric fence systems, a minimum distance of 2.5 m should be kept between them.
- Always observe any special instructions provided by the manufacturer of the energiser.
- Barbed wire or tape may not be connected to an energiser.
- When grounding your energiser you must keep to a distance of 10 m from other grounding systems (e.g. grounding for the house).
- It is a legal requirement that any electric fence systems placed near to public roads and pathways are clearly indicated with a warning sign. Attach clearly visible warning signs every 100 m or so and at entrances to paths and locations where an electric fence may not be expected carrying the phrase "Caution Electric Fence".
- Fence wires laid inside buildings must be made from very well insulated high-voltage cable to prevent current jumping into masonry.
- If you are running fence wires across private roads, these need to be laid with a minimum distance of 5 m to the surface level either below or above the ground. Please contact the local authorities if you need to run wires across a public road.