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Fences abutting Council land

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The City of Greater Bendigo will contribute towards half the cost of the construction, replacement or repair of a standard colorbond fence that abuts a Council owned property in accordance with the Fences Act 1968.

Please note, the City will NOT contribute to half cost fencing where:

  • Properties are adjacent to Crown Land (including where Council is the Land Manager)
  • Properties are adjacent to “roads” including road reserves, footpaths, laneways, walkways and right of ways
  • Properties are adjacent to Reserves
  • Properties are adjacent to other authorities land such as DSE, Coliban Water, VicTrack etc
  • Properties that are not ‘owned’ (freehold) by Council

* To clarify your neighbouring property’s ownership status please call the Property team on 5434 6000.

How to apply for half cost fencing:

Please review the Fact Sheet and complete the application form.

  • Approval must be obtained prior to any repair or replacement of fences
  • The City of Greater Bendigo will not consider a contribution after works have commenced or are completed 
  • Vehicle or pedestrian gates are not permitted for properties adjoining recreation reserves, playgrounds or vacant land

A standard fence is usually a 1.65 or 1.8 metres high colorbond panel fence. The property owner must pay additional costs for any other materials to be used (such as timber paling), or where the fence height exceeds two meters (which will require a Building Permit). 

A Council Officer will assess all applications for half cost fencing on a case-by-case basis before proceeding and may undertake a property inspection before approving any fencing works.

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 form.

Contact us

For more information about half cost fencing contact the Property team on 03 5434 6000 or [email protected]

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