Dangerous Front Fences
Contact Frankston City Council’s Building Department, phone 9784 1900 and ask to speak to a Building Surveyor, Building Inspector or Municipal Building Surveyor.
This may include a front fence or side fence facing a street, road or public space that is structurally unsound.
Any dilapidated or unsound common/dividing fence between properties that bounds and forms part of a swimming pool/spa is also considered an immediate danger that must be reported.
Council's Building Department will investigate common/dividing boundary fences relating to the following issues only:
- A fence considered by the Building Department to be a danger to the public or occupants (this generally does not relate to a standard lightweight construction timber or Colorbond fence unless it forms part of a swimming pool/spa enclosure)
- Dangerous, dilapidated or illegal common/dividing boundary fences forming part of a swimming pool/spa enclosure
- Illegal fence built without a Building Permit
Front Fence (not a Corner Fence)
If you wish to build a front fence on your property you must first decide what materials you will use as this affects the regulation height of your fence.
You will require a Building Permit to build the following types of fence
- Colorbond and timber front fence higher than 1.5 m
- Brick front fence higher than 1.2 m
Further information is on the Fact Sheet for Corner and Front Fences.
To apply for a Building Permit, you will need to provide us with the following:
- Maximum boundary wall length and hight if the fence is greater than 1.5 m high
- Application for a Building Permit form
- Architectural plans - view the Example Plan of a Front Fence
- Copy of Certificate of Title
For more information view the Application Checklist New Fence and Fencing Legislative Requirements.
If you have an easement at the front of your property, you will need to complete the Application to Build Over Easement.
Corner properties have extra requirements for front and side fences.
Fences can only be up to
- 1 m high within 9 m of the point of intersection
- 1.5 m on the front boundary
- 2 m on the side boundary
To apply for a building permit for a corner fence, you will need to provide us with the following:
- Adjoining Owners Comment Form for Maximum Boundary Wall Length and Height if the fence is greater than 1.5 m high
- Corner Fence Dispensation Application Form
- Application for a Building Permit
- Architectural Plans
- Copy of Certificate of Title
Further information is on the Fact Sheet Corner and Front Fences and Application Fence Checklist.
Covenants and Other Restrictions
It is the owners and/or applicants responsibility to ensure that any fence complies with any other restrictions or requirements outside the scope of the Building Act. Council's Building Department is not responsible in this matter.
This may include covenants or section 173 Agreements on the property title not regulated by Council's Building Department. It is the owner’s responsibility to comply in this matter and to obtain any consent and endorsement from any Design Review Panel/Committee such as in the Sandhurst, Sandara, Pindara and other Estates.
Obtain a copy of your current title, registered plan of subdivision, any covenants, section 173 Agreements from the Titles Office.
Also obtain any relevant endorsed Planning Permit plans, Planning Permit and conditions. Also note that sometimes the Planning Scheme regulates fence style, height and if it is allowed due to being within a specific Overlay such as Flooding, Land subject to inundation, Significant Landscape Overlay etc.
To find out further information on whether a Planning Permit is also required please contact Council’s Planning Department.
Frankston City Council
30 Davey Street
P. 03 9784 1900
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