Fences & Retaining Walls

Fences and retaining walls are used to separate properties and to retain difference in property levels. Where they are located on a property boundary, there is a shared nature to the structure.


If you are planning building works, fencing or a retaining wall on a shared boundary, it is important that any plans to undertake work are communicated with your neighbour. Council strongly encourages collaborative communication between neighbours even if it is not required by law, in order to avoid conflict and maintain positive community relationships.

Fences and the Law Handbook


Development Approval may also be required from the Council before boundary development (or any other development) can occur.

Development Approval is required under the following circumstances

  • A fence exceeding 2.1 metres in height (measured from the lower side). 
  • A masonry (brick, cement or stone) fence exceeding 1 metre in height (including pillar and plinth).
  • A brush fence within 3 metres of a dwelling or habitable building.
  • A fence within the Historic Conservation Area or a Local Heritage or State Heritage Item.
  • A retaining wall providing for a difference in natural or finished ground level on either side of 1 metre or greater at any point.
  • A fence that exceeds 1m in height within 6m of the intersection of 2 boundaries on a corner allotment other than where a 4m x 4m corner cut-off has already been provided and preserved.



The above information is advisory only. It is intended to provide a guide and general understanding of the key point associated with the particular topic. It is not a substitute for reading the relevant legislation or the Development Plan.

It is recommended that if you are intending to undertaken development, you seek professional advice or contact the Council for any specific enquiries or for further assistance concerning the use and development of the land.