City Council votes to prohibit electrified fencing in residential areas

Outside of City Hall, 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd. (File photo by Arianna Grainey)

Electrified fencing is prohibited in residential Scottsdale neighborhoods as of a Nov. 13 City Council meeting.

City Council approved on consent to amend Scottsdale Revised Code Section 18-14 adding electrified fencing among prohibited fence or wall features, according to a city staff report.

The amendment included barbed wire, razor wire, razor ribbon, concertina wire and the like, according to the city’s Public Nuisance and Property Maintenance Ordinance found under Chapter 18 of the Scottsdale Revised Code, which establishes standards for the maintenance of property within the city, encompassing such things from neighborhood enhancements to public nuisances.

City Council deemed it necessary to protect the community’s health, welfare and safety by prohibiting the use of electrified fencing on residential land in the city, the report said, citing a limited exception for livestock control in residential districts meeting the criteria established for certain rural residential areas and zoning districts.

The addition of a specific prohibition of electrified fencing and similar fencing on residential land is said to not only promote the public safety and welfare, but maintains neighborhood aesthetics.

The amendment proposed does not include underground wireless border fencing typically sold in pet stores, the report stated.

The amended ordinance was proposed to the Neighborhood Advisory Commission on Aug. 22, the report detailed, noting that it was reviewed and met with support.

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