As fencing contractors, we have to know the ins and outs of fencing laws to make sure our clients are looked after. 

Do I need a permit to build a fence? This is one question we hear time and time again. To find out more, check out the rest of our article and let us know if you have any questions.

Do I need a permit to build a fence? 

The short answer is that most fences require a permit. The rules do vary in each local council, so you will need to familiarise yourself with the laws in your area. 

It is very likely that you will need to obtain a permit if your fence meets the following criteria: 

  • The fence will be a pool safety barrier 
  • The fence height exceeds 2m (and is facing a declared road) 
  • The property on which you want to build is heritage listed 
  • The fence height and location obstructs the view of traffic 
  • You may require a tree works permit if you need to prune or remove a significant tree during your fence works 

Most areas have similar rules, but it is important to consult with your local council to clarify the laws. 

The best way to determine your need for a permit is to hire a fencing contractor. Our contractors are based all around Australia and are familiar with the permit requirements in their area. 

All you need is a quick consultation with one of our fencing experts to figure out whether you need a permit to move forward with your project. 

Building a fence without a permit can be costly. The last thing you want is to build a fence and then need to have it taken down because it doesn’t meet the legal requirements. 

Building a Fence without a Permit 

In most cases, you won’t need to obtain a permit if your fence meets the following criteria: 

  • The work is routine repair and maintenance (for example, replacing the pickets on a fence) 
  • The fence is 1.5m or less in height 
  • Chain wire tennis court fences that exceed 2m in height 
  • The fence does not meet any of the criteria mentioned above 

Do I need a permit to build a fence with my neighbour? 

There are no specific permits to deal with shared fences, but there are rules you need to consider. If the fence is a dividing fence (separating the lot from an adjoining owner’s lot), you need to look at the Dividing Fences Act (1991). 

The best way to work with your neighbour is with a friendly chat. If you can come to an agreement on your own, you won’t have to worry about any legislation. 

Applying for a Permit 

If you have determined that you need a permit for your fence, you can apply online or in writing at your local council. Most applications have a fee and a processing time, so it is important to get everything organised before you start planning the construction of your fence. 

If you are confused by any of the steps in this process, you can always ask our Jim’s Fencing contractors to help you organise your permit. 

Our team members have worked on a myriad of fencing projects and can assist you with obtaining a permit. Let us take the stress out of building a fence. 

Contact Jim’s Fencing Today 

Save yourself time. Instead of Googling “do I need a permit to build a fence?”, chat to a real person who knows what they are talking about. That’s the professionals at Jim’s Fencing.

Call us now on 131 546 or fill in the online form and we’ll get back to you.