What is a Dividing Fence
A dividing fence is a fence that separates the land of adjoining owners, whether on the common boundary of adjoining lands or on a line other than the common boundary.
Prior to constructing a dividing fence between your property and your neighbours, you will need to contact them to work out the location, cost and design of the fence. This matter is covered by the Dividing Fences Act 1991.
If you do not know the name of your neighbour you may submit an this form to Council.
Dividing Fence Disputes
Council does not have jurisdiction to resolve dividing fence disputes between neighbours.
If there is a dispute and you and your neighbour cannot agree on fencing work, you can:
Some dividing fences may be constructed without planning approval and are referred to as exempt development. Further information on what type of fences may be constructed as exempt development can be found on the NSW Planning Portal.
For information regarding fences that require consent please contact Councils Duty Certifier.
Dividing Fences Act 1991
NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT)
NSW Department of Communities and Justice (CJC)
Dividing Fences Notice Form(PDF, 63KB)