If you are building a fence you should find out the key facts about the property and then use the following information to find out if your fencing project needs planning approval.
Building and planning approvals are not generally needed for a proposed front, side or rear boundary fence if the fence meets all of the following requirements:
- It is associated with a dwelling house (or other residential use).
- It is less than two metres high.
- It is not associated with a swimming pool (swimming pool fences have their own requirements).
- It is not part of a retaining wall.
- It would not restrict water run-off from adjoining properties.
The erection of a fence, screen, retaining wall or other similar structure must be done in such a way to allow traffic to have a clear line of vision or an adequate sight line around the corner. To satisfy this requirement, either a truncated or non-truncated fence is allowed:
- Truncated fences may be greater than one metre in height because the fence does not interfere with the line of vision for traffic
- Non-truncated fences must have a height of one metre or less for a distance of six metres in either direction from the corner to allow traffic to have a clear line of vision around the corner.
If your proposed fence does not meet these general requirements, contact Brisbane City Council on 07 3403 8888 for advice specific to your situation.
Constraints are restrictions placed on a property. You need to check the key facts about the property to see if there are any constraints. If there are constraints, contact Council on 07 3403 8888 for advice specific to your situation.
As a general guideline, you will need to contact Council for specific advice if your fence is part of a proposal to:
- build a new dwelling house on a small lot
- build a multiple dwelling (units or apartments) or dual occupancy
- build a new dwelling house
- renovate an existing dwelling house, multiple dwelling or dual occupancy on a site located within a neighbourhood plan area or an overlay area.
Building approval is required for any fence that is higher than two metres above the natural ground level. This may include a combined retaining wall and fence. Some fence, screen and retaining wall combinations are eligible to use Council's Siting Variation Express process. Find out more about siting variations.
You can arrange for building approval though a building certifier. Your building certifier or builder can help you determine whether there are possible water run-off impacts.
The Queensland Government regulates fencing, including how disputes between neighbours are resolved.
The Neighbourhood Disputes (Dividing Fences and Trees) Act 2011 deals with constructing and repairing fences that divide adjoining land. It aims to help you obtain a monetary contribution from your neighbour and includes instructions about how to resolve any disputes.
For help resolving tree and fence disputes, the Queensland Government has guides to avoiding, resolving and mediating tree and fence disputes.