LOS ANGELES – A Los Angeles City Council committee this week requested a report from city lawyers and officials on the possibility of placing restrictions on the installation of low-voltage electrical security fences.
According to a motion by Councilman Bob Blumenfield, the city’s laws are silent about installing such fences. Members of the Planning and Land Use Committee asked the district attorney and city government officials to report on how laws regarding low-voltage electric fences might be implemented in Los Angeles.
Blumenfield’s proposal, co-authored by former Alderman Greig Smith, would exclude such fences on land intended for residential buildings. Permission would be required to install them in other locations and the fences would have to be surrounded by a non-electric fence.
A device for switching off the electric fence would have to be placed outside the fenced area.
Committee members approved changes to the proposal to restrict electric fences to manufacturing zones and exclude them from locations within 500 feet of sensitive areas.
In 2015, California legislators approved SB 852 to allow the construction and use of low-voltage electrical security fences under certain conditions. However, these must be permitted under local law. The fences must also not have a pulse repetition rate exceeding 1 Hertz and a warning sign must be visible.
Last year, a proposed change requiring people to notify local fire departments when an electric fence was installed couldn’t get past the committee.