Fences

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Do I need a permit to build a fence?

You may need a permit for your fence depending on a few factors such as height, material and location on your property.

You may also need a planning permit, visit get planning advice.

Please note that the following advice does not include any specific covenant or encumbrances on the land, please refer to any restrictions identified on an up-to-date copy of your land title via Landata

All fences that form part of a swimming pool barrier (including boundary fences or a fence forming part of outdoor play space associated with children’s services) do require a building permit.

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Fences on street / property boundary

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A building permit is required for the following:

  • Masonry fence over 1.2m, and over 1.5m for all other fences such as timber or steel

  • Barbed wire must be at least 150mm back from street alignment (boundary)

Corner fences

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A building permit is required for the following:

  • Any fence over 1m (within 9m of point of intersection of street alignments)

 

Side street fence

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A building permit is required for the following:

  • Masonry fence over 1.2m, and over 1.5m for all other fences such as timber or steel

 

Side / rear boundaries

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A building permit is required for the following:

  • Any fence over 2m

  • Higher fences must comply with height/length/setback limitations

  

 

Notes on boundary fences – neighbour disputes

  • Boundary fences are controlled by Fences Act 1968 (not administered by Council)

  • Construction must be an agreement between property owners or Court Order from Magistrates Court

  • Generally maximum height 2m

  • Building Permit is required for masonry fence/wall

  • Building Permit required for higher fences, which must comply with height/length/setback limitations

  • Refer to Dispute Settlement Centre for assistance in dealing with conflicts with neighbours - phone 1800 658 528 between 9am and 4.30pm Monday to Friday except Public Holidays or refer to the website at www.disputes.vic.gov.au

 

Swimming pool and spa fences

  • Building permit is always required

  • Minimum height 1.2m

  • Specific construction requirements refer to Building Code of Australia, Volume 2, Australian Standard 1926.1 - 1993

 

Other Notes

  • Gates, screens and roller doors are included in these fence provisions

  • Excavations must be fenced or guarded during construction

  • Some Statutory Planning controls apply, please contact Statutory Planning on (03) 5261 0600

  • Fences adjoining Council Reserves, for example playgrounds, recreation groups, please contact Council on (03) 5261 0600.