Fences

Overview

If you're building or replacing a fence in Stonnington, you might need a building permit or planning permit.

When do I need a permit to build a fence?

You need a building permit for:

  • any fence of any height used as a swimming pool safety barrier
  • any masonry, concrete or similar material front or side street fence over 1.2 metres high
  • any retaining wall not associated with other building work or protecting adjoining property
  • any fence height greater than the heights listed below.

You don't need a building permit to build a timber, paling or 'colorbond' fence, provided:

  • the height of the side and rear boundary fence is not over 2 metres (where the height of the side boundary fences within 3 metres of the front title boundary is not over 1.5 metres)
  • the height the front fence within 3 metres of the front tile boundary is not over 1.5 metres or 2 metres for a declared road (a 'declared road' means a freeway or arterial road within the Road Management Act 2004)
  • the height of the side street fence is not over 1.5 metres
  • the height of the corner fences are restricted to a maximum of 1 metre when built within 9 metres of street alignments
  • it doesn’t form part of a safety barrier for a swimming pool, spa or an outdoor play space linked with a children's service.

Please remember that:

  • fence heights (including any trellis or screen) are measured from natural ground level
  • no part of a retaining wall (e.g. the footing or excavation) may cross the title boundary
  • gates must not swing out over the title boundary or footpath/road reserve
  • all fence structures, including footings, must sit within the property where the works are carried out.

You should also check if your project involves removing, pruning or carrying out works near a protected tree.

You may need a permit for the tree works.

Shared fences with neighbours

You may need to talk about shared fencing between your and your neighbour’s property.

Council has no involvement in shared fences, any costs relating to or disputes over shared fences. 

We can provide your neighbour’s contact details(PDF, 168KB) to talk about these matters.

Fencing dispute

We can't get involved in any fencing disputes with neighbours.

You can contact the Victorian Government’s Dispute Settlement Centre for help.