Boundary walls and fences are probably the most controversial topic facing homeowners. There are laws that relate to boundary walls and fences, so you need to contact your local authority, to find out exactly what you can and cannot do.
All properties are surveyed, and pegged when land is zoned for residential use, and the two most important issues are the position of the boundary wall, and the ownership of them.
Although all properties are surveyed and pegged when land is zoned, the pegs are generally removed as soon as the land is built on.
This is the main reason that it is very important to ensure that the boundary walls and fences are correctly positioned.
Should there be a dispute at any stage between neighbours, it may be necessary to get a land surveyor to resurvey the property according to the official diagram that is lodged with the Surveyor General in Pretoria.
Building a wall on the boundary is possible without building plans, if you stick to the rules and regulations, and provided it is on your property. This will give you ownership of the wall.
Building the wall includes the foundations, which will be wider, and longer than the wall itself. If you erect it on your property…it is yours.
Your walls are also protected by law from any action which might threaten its stability, e.g. your neighbours may not dig down next to your wall on their side if there is any likelihood of the earth being washed away if there are heavy rains.
Should your neighbour wish to do some sort of excavation, they will need to erect a retaining wall, or some other structure which provides lateral support to the wall. By law, the retaining wall they erect will require the necessary plans.
Should you have any questions regarding boundary walls, or would like a free quotation, please do not hesitate to contact us.