Share fencing costs with neighbours
Property owners are responsible for building and maintaining fences on their property. If you share a fence with a neighbour, you should chat to them to discuss sharing fencing costs.
Find out who owns a neighbouring property
If you are a property owner and need to find out who owns the property you share a fence with, please complete a Request for Information - fencing form with:
- your details
- why you need the information
- a copy of your ID (driver's licence or rates notice that clearly shows your address or ownership of the property).
Following changes to the Victorian Government’s Fences Act 1968, only the owner of the property may apply to find out the details of the owner of the adjoining property. These changes help to ensure that both parties have equal input into the fencing works by discussing the project before a contractor is appointed.
Once you receive the details of the adjoining property owner, you should get in touch with them to discuss all aspects of the proposed works before contacting a fencing contractor.
You can submit the request:
What happens next?
- We will assess your application. If successful we will get back to you within 7 business days.
Share fencing costs with Council
We will share the cost of constructing, repairing or replacing the dividing fence between private land and a Council property. This is in accordance with our Shared Cost Fencing Policy.
When we will contribute
We will contribute to fencing costs for properties including:
- Council offices and customer service centres
- Council-owned residential properties
- Council works depot
- Council-run pre-schools and maternal and child health centres
We will not contribute to land open to the public at all times
We do not occupy land that is open to the public at all times. We will not contribute to fencing costs for properties including:
- drainage reserves
- municipal and recreational reserves
- municipal car parks
- road and right-of-ways
- tree and plantation reserves
Exemptions for pensioners
If you are eligible for a Municipal Rates Concession, we will contribute half the reasonable cost fencing work if:
- the fence is part of the home where you live
- the fence is shared with an open public reserve (not a road or a right-of-way)
How much we will contribute
We will typically contribute half of the reasonable cost of a 1.65m high timber paling fence, unless a higher standard of fencing is required to meet our needs.
You may request to use an alternate fencing material, such as pre-painted steel posts and sheeting. We will consider requests on a case-by-case basis. You will need to cover any additional costs of using alternate fencing material.
Check your title for building requirements
Before you submit an application, you should check your title to make sure there are no building requirements on your property.
How to apply
1. Obtain a quote and a Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS)
You should get several quotes from fencing contractors and pick your favourite.
Quotes should include:
- the address
- linear metres claimed
- whether there is a "pull-down"
- contact details of the fencing contractor
- a Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS)
2. Complete an application form
Please complete a Shared Cost Fencing Application form.
3. Submit your application form, quote and SWMS
Please submit your application form, quote and SWMS to us:
What happens next?
- If we approve your application, we will issue a purchase order to your fencing contractor to cover our share of the cost. Please allow up to 10 business days.
- When the construction work is complete, you should pay only your share of the cost. The fencing contractor can invoice us and we will pay our share of the cost.