There are a range of requirements around fences in Manningham. When building a new fence or changing an existing fence, it is important to check if a building permit is required.
A Building Permit is required if a fence is within 3 metres of an allotment boundary facing a street alignment and is of:
- Brick or masonry (including brick piers) and greater than 1.2 metres in height; and
- Timber or other lightweight construction and greater than 1.5 metres in height.
Do you live in the General Residential Zone 1 (GRZ1)?
If your allotment is situated within a General Residential Zone 1 (GRZ1) all front fences are restricted to a maximum height of 1.2 metres. Fence heights for properties outside of GRZ1 zones are generally restricted to a maximum height of 1.5 metres. For more information refer to our Building Information Sheet - Front Fences GRZ1 (98.62 KB).
To find out if your property is in the General Residential Zone 1, please call our Statutory Planning on 9840 9470.
Do you live on a corner property?
If your property is on a corner allotment, any fencing located within 9 metres of the street intersection is restricted to a maximum height of 1 metre, please refer to diagram below.
Report and Consent Application for Front Fences
Please refer to our Report and Consent Siting Variation for:
- Fences above 1.2 metres in General Residential Zone 1
- Fences above 1 metre on corner properties
- Fences above 1.5 metres in all other zones
Fencing between two properties is generally a private matter between the property owners concerned. The design and construction of jointly owned boundary fences is administered by the Fences Act 1968. Any disputes are ultimately resolved via the Magistrates Court process.
A Building Permit is required for all other fencing such as side or rear fencing separating properties if:
- The fence is greater than 2 metres in height.
More information on boundary fences is available from:
Disputes between neighbours involving dividing fences are the most common disputes dealt with at the Dispute Settlement Centre of Victoria.
Your rights and responsibilities are contained in the Fences Act 1968.
You can also find more information on your responsibilities regarding boundary fencing at Fencing Law in Victoria.
For more information on the building permit exemptions relating to fencing please refer to Building Permit Exemptions for Fencing (6.14 KB)