Electric fences have been restricted in Lincoln since 1963, but a South Carolina company wants an exception to that ban for businesses.
Under the proposed ordinance, electric fences would be allowed around businesses with special permits if they are inside a separate perimeter fence and are marked with signs.
The City Council is delaying a decision for two months while city administrators evaluate the consequences of the ordinance.
The Building and Safety Department director says there are potential safety concerns, particularly with children, the elderly and those with heart conditions.
Electric fences would still be banned in residential areas.