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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 not within 3m of the front allotment boundary

No

No

1

Side or rear boundary fenceng > 2.0m high

Yes

Yes

1

Lightweight front fence < 1.2m* high

No

No

1

Lightweight front fence > 1.2m* high

Yes

Yes

2

Masonry front fence < 1.2m high

No

No

1

Masonry front fence > 1.2m* 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 5 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 5 of the Building Regulations 2018.

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.

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 at the Disputes Settlement Centre Victoria. 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 - 5:00pm, Monday to Friday.

Fences abutting Council owned properties

Council will contribute toward half the cost of construction, replacement or repair of a standard fence that abuts a Council owned property in accordance with the Fences Act 1968.

Please note Council will not be responsible for the half cost of fencing for:

  • Land not in direct Council ownership or maintained under Council management.
  • Crown Land and foreshore reservations.
  • Road reservations.
  • Right of ways, laneways, discontinued roads, walkways and other unoccupied spaces except where a walkway or road forms part of a recreation reserve.
  • Buffer to a road, for example, plantation and tree reserves or other land except where the land is used as a public open space, provides connection to adjoining recreation reserve or walkway / shared path network.
  • Drainage reservations.
  • Bicycle path.
  • Non Council owned open space.
  • Gates, trellis, enhancement, painting, decorative and other features.
  • Pedestrian gates.
  • Pool compliance fencing.

How to Apply

Please review the Fact Sheet and complete the application form (below).

Approval must be obtained prior to any repair or replacement of fences.

Council will not consider any financial contribution after works have commenced.


Fencing Application Form

This half share fencing request is for: * (required)


Do you own this property? * (required)

If no, written consent from the owner is required. Please upload a letter of consent and make sure it includes the following details, date, property owner’s name, and their signature.
Fence details:
Which section of fence needs repairing or replacing (Please choose one option) * (required)


All of the adjoining Fence * (required)

Please attach two (2) quotations you have obtained

If you require assistance in completing this form contact our Freedom of Information Officer on 1300 653 356.