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Local council set the laws by which fences are to comply, usually detailed in the Local Development Control Plan, (obtained through your local council). For this reason different council shires can have different policies in regard to fencing, so no one rule can apply to all fences. Front fences often have to comply with council requirements, whereas side or boundary fences rairly do.

When considering the design of your new fence it is wise to consult with the local area council inspector to see if any particular laws may apply in your situation.

In general, you are allowed to replace a fence with a similar style, height and design without prior approval. If you property does not have a fence, it would be reasonable to assume the council would approve a new fence if it was similar to the surrounding existing fences, but a check with the local council is advised.

If the fence you require is a dividing fence between yourselves and other private residences, it would also be reasonable to assume the council would not have any issues if both the neighbours whose properties the fence divides, are in agreement.

As a general rule, most councils do not require approval for dividing fences under 1.8m, (6 feet) in height, or front fences under 1 metre.

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