The main reasons for fencing a residential property are to keep children and animals in, keep unwanted intruders out, noise control, privacy and for safety around a pool area. Naturally, you would think that if you own a property you should be allowed to build a fence as high as you like, but no, this is certainly not the case.
Unfortunately, the laws around residential fence building is very complex and somewhat mind blowing. And they vary from state to state and between municipalities.
So, why are there restrictions on fence height?
Because a residential fence is a boundary between two properties, it must be satisfactory for both parties. While you might want a tall fence as a security measure, it may impact on your neighbour’s view, the amount of airflow or the amount of light he/she receives on the property.
Another reason for regulation on fence height is road safety. A high front fence on a property that faces a road may impact on road user’s visibility. For example, a driver approaching a bend in the road may have his/her vision restricted by a tall fence and not see oncoming traffic or pedestrians. A recipe for disaster. It also impacts on visibility when leaving the property – the driver may not be able to see what traffic is coming as he/she pulls out onto the road.
Some neighbourhoods have specific covenants dictating the height and materials for fencing. This is purely to maintain aesthetic appeal and conformity within a certain area. Also, if your property is heritage listed, this may also impact on the height and type of fence you are allowed to erect.
As mentioned before, the regulations governing residential fence height in Australia vary between states. However, the general rule of thumb for a front fence is that it must be 1.5m or less. This ensures good visibility for road users, maintains street appeal and allows you as the home owner, to have security and privacy.
In general, back fences are allowed to be higher. Especially if your property backs onto a noisy freeway and you wish to shut out noise and unsightly traffic.
There are very detailed and specific regulations around pool security fencing. Inadequate or poorly erected pool fencing is a major contributor to infant drowning accidents so it is extremely important that you adhere to these laws.
As a home owner, it can be very stressful and confusing trying to understand all the different laws around residential fencing. That’s where Australian Security Fencing can come to your rescue! We understand fencing laws in your area and have a fence to suit your style. Our team of professional staff can handle your needs from initial quote through to installation. So why not take the headache out your new fencing project? Begin your fencing journey today by calling 02 4577 9633 for a chat to our staff.