Private properties are bound to the land area enclosed in the title. Every property has its limitations, and is defined by how big the lot is indicated on the written title; the limitation usually has an invisible line to be followed by the owners. However, due to confusion, landlords and property owners usually put fences for their property — it serves as a physical demarcation line to divide properties, so to know where the jurisdiction of the owner starts and ends.
Nonetheless, everyone can make a fence on their own. May it be done with various materials as barbed wires, wood, concrete, or even bushes or ferns, this creates a way for owners to have a clear boundary on where their rights are. Yet, when building one, would you need planning permission? — the answer depends on the circumstances.
Usually, a fence would need planning permission if ever it has a considerable impact on the neighbouring homes or the daily activities where your fence will be erected.
These factors also include:
– a fence that is higher than the average fence height of 2 meters (the average for most Australian regions)
– It disrupts the sight of an intersection or covers the access to sight of neighbours
– Fences that are hazardous, or contain additional security at the top like barbed wires, etc.
It does not matter if the fence is placed, whether front, behind or on the sides, these factors need planning permission from your local government to construct your fence legally.
Fences & Boundary Lines
If ever you think that you are not able to go beyond the restriction when building a fence, it is to note that private properties that are next to each other must be able to agree where the demarcation line should be. With this, it is of importance to consult a fence expert for this, to know the exact division between 2 private properties. Hence, if ever you can identify the boundary line and not go beyond it, then you’re always good to go.
Talk to your neighbour before building one.
Fences & Heritage Sites
If ever your property is part of a heritage site, then you will be bound to a stricter regulation before building a fence. As heritage sites must be preserved, they are always protected by your local government. Thus, modifying such properties must follow local guidelines set by your local government.
If not sure, you may search for your local heritage centre, type in “heritage sites” so you can identify if your property is part of such or not.
For assurance, you may always visit your local government site for any advice that is relevant to your area of the property. You may be able to learn information also on the requirements and steps to secure planning permission for your fence, so you can have a seamless construction that does not go beyond the allowed jurisdiction of your allotted area.
Local fencing experts are also available online, where they can help you seek advice on what you need to do for your fence.