Building fences

Raw Wood Fence

Fencing contractors and residents who are planning to erect fences around the boundary of an allotment need to observe maximum height restrictions.

If you intend to exceed these height restrictions you will need to apply for a building permit and report and consent approval. For more information, go to Building Permits.

Fence heights

Front fence heights are determined by the type of road that the fence is facing and whether it is a corner allotment. All heights should be measured vertically above natural ground level or a footpath if one is present. A building permit is not required for front fences.

For more information, see Guidelines for installation of boundary fencing.

Declared road frontage: maximum height of 2.0 m

A declared road is one that is controlled and maintained by Vic Roads. They are coloured red or green in the Bendigo street directory.

Fences on street corners: maximum height of 1.0 m

Any fence that is within 9 metres of a point of intersection of two streets can only constructed to a maximum height of 1 metre regardless of the road type. The point of intersection is where the property boundary meets the road reserve.

Side fences

Side fences within 3 metres of the front allotment boundary, which is not a corner block, cannot exceed the maximum allowable front fence height for that property allotment.

Brick or masonry fences: maximum height  of 1.2 m

Brick or masonry fences, regardless of street type, can only be constructed to a maximum height of 1.2 metres without a building permit, unless it is within 9 metres of an intersection, then the maximum height of 1 metre applies.

Contact a neighbour about fencing

To find out the name and address of an adjoining landowner for the purpose of fencing, please complete our online Request for Adjoining Owners Details form.

Contact us

For more information, please contact Building Services.

1300 002 642

[email protected]

Office hours are 8.30am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.


More information

Department of Justice & Regulation website: Information and advice - fencing

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