The cost of constructing a dividing fence is usually shared by the property owners. In some cases, difficulties may arise. For example, one neighbour may not be able to afford to pay; a property owner can't be located; or one may want the cheapest, functional fence whereas while the other wants a more expensive, higher quality fence.
Before you and your neighbour enter into an agreement to build, repair or replace a fence, it is recommended that you communicate and negotiate about the type of fence you want and how much money each will contribute to its construction. This can avoid increased costs, delays and possible legal action. For free and practical advice on fencing issues, please visit www.justice.vic.gov.au/disputes or www.everyday-law.org.au/fence-laws
However, if you find that you and your neighbour can't agree, or you are unsure about the best way to approach your neighbour, visit the Department of Justice website www.disputes.vic.gov.au. This user-friendly website has been designed to assist neighbours involved in common neighbourhood fence and tree disputes. The contents of this site is video based, with all videos available in eight languages, plus AUSLAN and captions.
If you're still unable to find a solution, contact the Dispute Settlement Centre of Victoria on 1800 658 528. The centre can arrange free mediation; provide information about fencing notices; and – as a last resort – provide information about obtaining a court order to force your neighbour to contribute to the payment of the fence.
Remember, the issue of fencing between neighbours is a civil matter, and needs to be addressed by you and your neighbour. Except in the most unusual circumstances, it would not involve Council or the police.
There are different front fence height requirements within the municipality depending on where you live.
As there are different height requirements, it is recommended that you make contact with Council’s Building Unit on telephone 9262 6333, fax 9262 6490 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss requirement and maximum permissible heights allowed for your property. Please note that a specific address will be required to accurately respond to your enquiry.
Please be aware that should it be proposed to exceed the maximum permissible height; consent from Council’s Building Unit must first be obtained, along with a Building Permit, before any works are undertaken associated with your new fence construction.
Declared roads in the municipality (otherwise known as Road Zone Category 1 – RDZ1 roads):
Following is an application form to apply for ownership details for the purposes of Fencing.
Council will contribute 50% of the cost of repairing or replacing a standard height (1.65m), timber paling fence between private land and Council owned parkland.
Download the Shared Cost Fencing Application Form (119.65kB)
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