There are a number of Australian fencing standards in place to help make sure everyone gets what they need out of their fence. This includes rules for dividing fences, pools, fence materials, heights, etc.

At Jim’s fencing, we install fencing Australia wide. Our tradesmen work according to each standard on every unique construction. Take a look at the rest of our blog for more information and get in touch if you have any questions. 


Each state has a different rule when it comes to the height of your dividing fence. Take a look at the following Australian fencing standards for height in each state: 

*Please note that your local council may have their own regulation in place and you may need further consultation with either Jim’s Fencing or your local representative.*

VICTORIA – If the height of the fence is over 2m, you will need a permit in most cases. If you are sharing the fence with a neighbour, make sure you work together to make a decision that works for both parties.

NEW SOUTH WALES – As a general rule, a residential fence should not exceed 1.8m in height. There are a number of factors that can result in a need for a planning permit in NSW. You can find out more specific information on the NSW planning portal.  

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Source: Fences as Exempt From Development- NSW Planning Portal Website

QUEENSLAND – In Queensland, a dividing fence is considered sufficient if it is between 05. and 1.8m high. The main rule of thumb in Queensland is that if you and your neighbour agree that your dividing fence is ‘sufficient’ then it meets the local standard. You can find out more on the Queensland government website. 

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY – It is a government recommendation that you consult the Common Boundaries Act 1981 before erecting a boundary fence around your property. You can find out more about legislation in the ACT here. 

NORTHERN TERRITORY – In most cases, you will need a permit to build a fence that exceeds 1m in height. In some areas, you are not required to have a fence around a residential property. For more information about Australian fencing standards in NT, take a look at the government website or contact your local council.

SOUTH AUSTRALIA – In most cases, you will require a permit if your planned fence exceeds 2.1m in height. If it is a masonry fence, the height limit (before permit) is generally 1m. There are different requirements for brush fences and retaining walls so you will need to chat with your local council or one of our South Australian franchisees for more information regarding your personal project.

WESTERN AUSTRALIA – Each different area in WA has its own regulations when it comes to fence height. Generally, your fence should be between 1.2m to 1.8m in height. Again, you will need to collaborate successfully with your neighbours if you are sharing a boundary fence. 

TASMANIA – You will need a planning permit if your fence exceeds 1.2m in height. If your fence is beyond 4.5m of a frontage, your fence can be higher. If you are unsure, you can call the City of Hobart Development Appraisal Unit on 03 6238 2715. 


There are a number of other Australian Standards that we refer to when we work on each project. These include specific regulations for pool fencing, electric fencing, installation, materials, maintenance, asbestos fence removal, etc. 

If you would like more information about the Australian fencing standards we work with, please call us today on 131 546 for a hassle free discussion about your needs. If you found this article helpful, make sure you share it around with others who might need information about these rules and regulations.