Fences, boundaries and problem-solving with neighbours.

If you want to build a fence on your property, you will require a permit issued from Council. If you have spotted a dangerous fence, you can report it to us.

Front fence (non-corner fence)

To build a front fence on your property, first decide what materials you will use. This affects the regulation height of your fence.

You need a Building Permit to build the following types of fence:

  • Colorbond or timber front fence higher than 1.5m
  • Brick front fence higher than 1.2m

To apply for a Fence Building Permit, you need the following information:

  • Maximum boundary wall length, and height if the fence is greater than 1.5m high
  • Application for a Building Permit form
  • Architectural plans
  • Copy of Certificate of Title

If you have an easement at the front of your property, you will need to complete an application to Build Over Easement

Corner fence

Corner properties have extra requirements for front and side fences. Fences can be up to:

  • 1m high within 9m of the point of intersection
  • 1.5m on the front boundary
  • 2m on the side boundary
  • Over 2m (with a building permit) on declared roads.

Boundary fences

The standard height for boundary fences between adjoining properties can be up to two meters in height. Fences outside of these heights will require a Report and Consent from Council, as well as a Building Permit.

Dividing or common boundary fences

Side fences can be up to 1.5m high within the first three meters of your front property boundary, and increase to 2m from that first point onwards without a Building Permit.

You will require a Building Permit for any fences higher than these limits, or for any proposed variation from the building regulations through the Report and Consent Approval process.

If the dividing/common boundary fence also acts as part of the enclosure of a spa or swimming pool, a Building Permit is required regardless of height.

Notifying adjoining land owners

If you are undertaking fencing works for a dividing fence, you may need to give notice to the owner of the adjoining land.

If you do not have contact details for an adjoining owner you can request ownership details online (less than 2 min to complete):

Request ownership details 

Fencing disputes

Council has no jurisdiction on matters relating to a common fence where a Building Permit is not required. Fencing disputes are a civil matter between you and your neighbours.

Local Laws Officers are not able to resolve disputes between neighbours over matters such as boundary fences, and overhanging trees/shrubs are civil matters which should be dealt with privately.

The Magistrates' Court deals with disputes concerning both the repair of existing fences and the construction of new fences.

To assist with the satisfactory resolution of fence disputes, the Dispute Settlement Centre of Victoria offers a free advisory and mediation service. 

For assistance with such fencing disputes, contact:

Dispute Settlement Centre of Victoria
Phone: 1300 372 888

Law Institute of Victoria
Phone: 03 9607 9311

Dangerous front fences

Council will investigate common/dividing boundary fences relating to the following issues:

  • A fence considered by the Municipal Building Surveyor to be a danger to the public or occupants
  • Dangerous, dilapidated or illegal common/dividing boundary fences forming part of a swimming pool/spa enclosure
  • Brick fences or illegal fences on the street boundary built without a Building Permit.

Further information

Customer Service
Phone: 03 8470 8888
Email: mailbox@darebin.vic.gov.au