Adding or Replacing a Fence- What is your Responsibility?

Adding or Replacing a Fence- What is your Responsibility?


If you are looking at adding or replacing a fence on your property, there are a few things you need to consider. For many, it is a stressful renovation to take on because of the grey line of “Who is responsible for what”. A new fence concerns you the homeowner, the neighbours and the council.

Fence wars are such a common issue in Australia that it is always expected when discussions of a fence replacement come up. Michael Yardney covered the topic perfectly in “Know your rights when you have a fence war with your neighbours”, but below we have summed up the basics on how to begin and avoid a fence war.

Today, I’m going to provide an overview of the responsibilities of each party when a fence is being replaced.

The Homeowner

Replacing a fence - homeowner

As the homeowner, you’re really involved in a directorial sense. You will need to,

  • Decide the fence type you want and ensure it meets council recommendations.
  • Set a timeline that you’d prefer to stay in.
  • Discuss the project with the neighbours. You may share the fence with them so it may impact their privacy during the project.
  • You’ll need your neighbours to sign-off on the project if the fence aligns with their property so you may need to sweet talk them or discuss cost share ( this is where a lot of issues begin to go in prepared with a WIN-WIN scenario).

The above steps are very important to ensure the project runs smoothly and avoid any legal issues.

The Neighbour

Replacing a fence - neighbour

As noted above, the neighbour needs to be on board with any fence installations, especially if it crosses the property line.

As long as you stay within your property, the fence design isn’t dangerous and doesn’t lower property values, they should get on board.

The Contractor

Replacing a fence - contractor

The contractor is really where the bulk of the responsibility lies. Your contractor should,

  • Own the relationship with all Government and Building Council groups.
  • Be well-educated in all the paperwork that needs to be filled out, and they should fill it out for the most part.

The only thing you will need to do is sign on the dotted line. It’s up to you as the homeowner to pull the trigger on your fencing installation.

The Building Council Group

Replacing a fence - building

We’re very fortunate that we have a hub of both local and national groups, dedicated to ensuring building codes are adhered to, workers experience safe environments, and that the final product of each Australian’s fencing installation is without flaw.

The responsibility of these groups is to lay the groundwork, the best practices, the parameters and the rules. With these in place, it’s up to your contractor to ensure that they’re following these practices, but you shouldn’t worry about that.

The infrastructure is designed to slap heavy fines when builders and contractors don’t follow the rules. The priority of the council is the safety of everyone involved.

Everyone Wins

At the end of the day, a new fence is a win for everyone.

  1. The homeowner can add value to your property especially when selling it.
  2. Your neighbours are essentially getting a new fence as well, so what’s there to complain about?
  3. The fence Contractor, we are getting to work on your project and bring it to life. That’s what we are here for and we take pride in our work.
  4. Council appreciates when homeowners update and keep their properties in good condition. Updates improve community appearance.

We are dedicated to the readers at Cheap Sheds so if YOU have any questions or need any advice regarding your fence replacement project, let us know!

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  • says:

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  • shav says:

    I liked this but I hired someone in melbourne. Easy Fixed, they helped me with fencing and I quite liked the job

  • shav says:

    I liked this but I hired someone in melbourne. , they helped me with fencing and I quite liked the job

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