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Fencing

Front fences

Looking to install or alter your front fence and not sure what the requirements are? Well keep reading! You've come to the right place!

Depending on the type of material you are using to construct your fence, the height and the location of the fence determines if a Building Permit and/or a Report and Consent is required to be obtained prior to constructing your fence.

Types of Fences

Building Permit Required

Report & Consent Required

Notes

Side or rear boundary fencing < 2.0m high

No

No

1

Side or rear boundary fenceng > 2.0m high

Yes

Yes

1

Lightweight front fence < 1.5m* high

No

No

1

Lightweight front fence > 1.5m* high

Yes

Yes

2

Masonry front fence < 1.2m high

No

No

1

Masonry front fence between 1.2m & 1.5m* high

Yes

No

1

Masonry front fence > 1.5m* high

Yes

Yes

2

Fence on a corner allotment that is < 1.0m high within 9.0m of the intersection of both street alignments

No

No

1

Fence on a corner allotment that is > 1.0m high within 9.0m of the intersection of both street alignments

See Notes

Yes

1

Chain mesh fence surrounding tennis court

No

No

1

Any fencing surrounding a pool/spa

Yes

No

1 & 2

Note 1:     Part 4 of the Building Regulations including siting requirements, wall height restrictions, setbacks, etc. must be adhered to. A Report and Consent will be required for designs that are not within the scope of Part 4 of the Building Regulations 2006.

Note 2:     A Planning Permit may be required in lieu of a Report and Consent if it is sited within a specific "Planning Overlay". Please contact the Planning Department on 9581 4131 for further information.

To apply for a building permit you will need to engage the services of a Registered Private Building Surveyor.

To search for a Registered Building Practitioner please click here.

To apply for a Council Report and Consent please click here (122KB).

Legend

* Refers to the maximum 1.5m height applicable for “Any other street” and maximum 2.0m height applicable for “a declared road” as defined by Vicroads. (Refer to your Melway's book to determine if you live on a declared road, shown as a black line).

  • If you live on “any other street” and your proposed fence height is to exceed 1.5m in height, you will require a Council Report & Consent for Regulation 424 – Front Fence Height; or
  • If you live on “a declared road” and your proposed front fence is to exceed 2.0m in height, you will require a Council Report & Consent for Regulation 424 – Front Fence Height.

<  Refers to heights LESS THAN

>  Refers to heights GREATER THAN

Boundary Fences

Fencing between two properties is generally a private matter between the property owners concerned. The rights and responsibilities of owners and the design and construction of jointly owned boundary fences is administered by the Fencing Act. which is not administered by Council. 

The cost of constructing a dividing fence is usually shared by the property owners and in some cases, difficulties may arise whereas one neighbour may not be able to afford to pay or want a new fence, one owner may want a certain type or colour fence that the other owner does not agree to. So before you and your neighbour enter into an agreement to build, replace or repair your adjoining boundary fence it is recommended that you communicate and negotiate about the type of fence you want and how much money each will contribute to its construction. This can avoid increased costs, delays, arguments and possible legal action.

If you are finding that you and your neighbour cannot come to an agreement, or you are unsure about the best way to approach your neighbour, you can obtain free advice on fencing issues via www.disputes.vic.gov.au/reaching-agreement . This website has been designed to assist you in neighbourly disputes.

If you are still unable to find a solution to your problem you can contact the Dispute Settlement Centre of Victoria on (03) 8803 8533. Disputes between neighbours involving dividing fences are the most common disputes dealt with at the Dispute Settlement Centre of Victoria. They can arrange free mediation sessions, provide information about fencing notices and information about obtaining court orders in relation to the fencing costs.

REMEMBER! Adjoining boundary fencing is a civil matter and can only be addressed by you and your neighbour.

For more information please call us on 9581 4130 or alternatively, come down to 1230 Nepean Highway Cheltenham with your plans, ideas and enquiries and head up to Level 1 for a chat with our Building Surveyor on duty between the office hours of 8.30am - 5.30pm, Monday to Friday.