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Fences and Building Applications

Victorian Building Regulations

The following building regulations specify the requirements for fence height, length and positioning :


Where a specific fence design does not meet the rules set out in the Regulations, you may be able to apply to Council for consent to get the design approved. Refer to our Report and Consent page.

Check with your builder, building surveyor or architect if you are not sure if a specific design meets the applicable regulation. Also your property Title may have a covenant that outlines the type of fencing permitted in your sub-division.

Building Permits

The Victorian Building Authority publishes a booklet on when is a building permit required which includes the requirements for fences.

Fences and neighbours

The Fences Act states that neighbours are jointly responsible for the cost of building or maintaining a fence.

In the interests of neighbourly goodwill, if you intend to build a fence you should try to talk to your neighbour first and (if possible) agree on the fence type, shared costs and so on.

If you are unable to contact the neighbour, use the Ownership Details for Fencing Purposes form to contact Council for assistance.

Fencing Disputes

If there is a dispute about the construction of the fence, its cost or the proportion of costs to be met, the matter may be referred to the Magistrates Court. The Dispute Settlement Centre can also be invited to assist in order to avoid court. Council does not become involved in such disputes.

See also good plain English information about fences in the Law Handbook.

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Wednesday, 1 July 2020 - 9:02am


Council acknowledges the traditional Wadawurrung owners of this land. Council pays its respects to Wadawurrung Elders both past and present and extends that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People who are part of Golden Plains Shire.