Building Approvals are generally not needed for fences if:
- It is associated with an existing house (or other residential use).
- It is less than two metres high.
- It is not associated with a swimming pool (swimming pool fences have their own requirements).
- It is not part of a retaining wall.
- It would not restrict water run-off from adjoining properties.
If your proposed fence does not meet all the above requirements, you may need to submit a building application.
When is building approval required?
If a fence is higher than two metres above natural ground level, a Class 10 building approval is required for the fence.
Contact us to arrange a building approval for your fence and/or retaining wall.
A building surveyor can help you determine whether there are any possible water run-off impacts.
Generally, the owners of adjoining land must equally contribute to the cost of a constructing a dividing fence. You'll need to agree on the type of fence, the cost, and how it will be built. It's a good idea to put an agreement in writing.
The Neighbourhood Disputes (Dividing Fences and Trees) Act 2011, defines the law relating to constructing and repairing fences that divide adjoining land.