20
July
2018
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04:00
Australia/Melbourne

Good fences make good neighbours

Property boundary fencing can lead to problems if not handled correctly.

It can create delays and add costs for homeowners, fencing companies, builders, landscape gardeners, architects, estate agents and government departments.

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Municipal Building Surveyor David Seal said people must always refer to the restrictive covenants on the property title.

"Fencing on a corner allotment will require approval from the infrastructure department at council," he said.

"It is a matter for neighbours to agree on the height and type of fencing to be used. Council does not have a role to play in fencing disputes. It is a civil matter and should be referred for appropriate legal advice."

Some things to note: side and rear boundary fencing under 2m in height does not require a building permit.

Front fencing under 1m in height does not require a building permit.

Front fencing under 1.5m in height and constructed of timber or metal does not require a building permit.

Front fencing over 1m in height and constructed of brick requires a building permit.