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You may need a Planning Permit, a Building Permit or both to replace or build a side or rear fence.

Depending on your circumstances, you may also need a:

  • Tree Works Permit
  • Road or Footpath Occupancy Permit
  • Vehicular Crossing Permit
  • Asset Protection Permit

How to use this guide

To help you work out which permits you need, begin at Step 1 and answer the questions one at a time. You may be asked to look at zoning information, and to assess the height, materials and purpose of the fence.

If you are building a new front fence, see Replace or build a new front fence.

If you need help with a Planning Permit, contact our Statutory Planning team on 9278 4888 or email Statutory Planning.
If you need help with a Building Permit, contact our Building Services team on 9278 4999 or email Building Services.

Before you begin

Before finalising your design:

If you are replacing a fence you may need a Planning or Building Permit for the demolition of the existing fence. To determine which permits you need for demolition, see Demolish all or part of a building.

Consent from both owners is required to replace a common boundary fence. For information about resolving boundary fencing disputes between neighbours, see Disputes over Side Fences.

In this guide: