Councils have limited authority in disputes between neighbours over fences.
Council can investigate the following matters related to a fence:
- An unsafe dividing fence;
- An unauthorised fence;
- A dividing fence that forms part of a child-resistant swimming pool barrier.
Council has no authority to determine who should pay for a dividing fence.If you have problems regarding the construction or cost of a neighbouring fence, you should contact a Community Justice Centre.
For advice about whether consent is required for the installation of a dividing fence, please refer to the Department of Planning.
If you have concerns about an unsafe or unauthorised fence, you can lodge a request with Council to investigate.