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The Building Act 1993 and Building Regulations 2006 stipulate the requirements for the construction of fencing on a property.
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Additional controls are also in place throughout some of the areas of the shire under the Wellington Planning Scheme.

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Airly-Clydebank Hall
556 Clydebank Road, Airly
Binginwarri Hall and Recreation Reserve
675 Albert River-Welshpool Road, Binginwarri
Boisdale Public Hall
42-44 Main Street, Boisdale
Briagolong Mechanics Institute Hall
2 Avon Street, Briagolong
Bundalaguah/Myrtlebank Hall
794 Maffra-Sale Road, Bundalaguah
Carrajung South Hall
89 Old Carrajung Road, Carrajung Lower
Coongulla Community Centre
Gillum Road, Coongulla
Cowwarr Public Hall
31-33 Main Street, Cowwarr
Dargo Public Hall and Recreation Reserve
177 Lind Avenue, Dargo
Denison Public Hall
1293 Denison Road, Denison
Devon North Public Hall
599 Tarra Valley Road, Devon North
Giffard West Public Hall
3877 South Gippsland Highway, Giffard West
Glenmaggie Mechanics Institute (Public Hall)
21 Glenfalloch Road, Glenmaggie
Golden Paradise Beach Community Centre
Surf Edge Drive, Golden Beach
Gormandale Mechanics Institute
Main Road, Gormandale
Heyfield Community Resource Centre
3-5 George Street, Heyfield
Heyfield Memorial Hall
38-40 MacFarlane Street, Heyfield
Kilmany Public Hall and Recreation Reserve
21 Freshwaters Road, Kilmany
Licola Public Hall
8 Jamieson-Licola Road, Licola
Loch Sport Public Hall
222-236 National Park Road, Loch Sport
Longford Hall and Recreation Reserve
Corner South Gippsland and Longford-Loch Sport Road, Longford
Macks Creek Public Hall
Bulga Park Road, Macks Creek
Maffra Memorial Hall
11-15 Foster Street, Maffra
Manns Beach Hall
David Street, Manns Beach
Meerlieu Public Hall and Recreation Reserve
1455 Lindenow-Meerlieu Road, Meerlieu
Munro Public Hall
191 Munro-Stockdale Road, Munro
Nambrok Public Hall and Recreation Reserve
173 Nambrok Hall Road, Nambrok
Newry Hall
139-141 Main Road, Newry
Port Albert Mechanics Institute
20 Victoria Street, Port Albert
Rosedale Public Hall
37-39 Prince Street, Rosedale
Sale Memorial Hall
Macalister Street, Sale
Seaton Hall and Recreation Reserve
1043 Main Street, Seaton
St Johns Ambulance Hall
Stead Street Reserve, Sale
Staceys Bridge Hall
248 Albert River Road, Staceys Bridge
Stradbroke Recreation Reserve and Hall
4971 South Gippsland Highway, Stradbroke
Stratford Mechanics Hall
17 Hobson Street, Stratford
Tinamba Public Hall
Rosedale-Maffra Road, Tinamba
Valencia Soldiers Memorial Hall
84-86 Briagolong Road, Valencia Creek
Willung Public Hall
195 Willung Hall Road, Willung
Won Wron Hall
4737 Hyland Highway, Won Wron
Wonyip Public Hall
Old Wonyip Road, Wonyip
Woodside Public Hall
Corner Prince Street and Austins Road, Woodside
Yarram Mechanics Hall
2-4 Church Street, Yarram
Alberton West Recreation Reserve
331 - 333 Lanes Road, Alberton West
Bellbird Corner Riverside Reserve
Sandy Creek Road, Maffra
Binginwarri Hall and Recreation Reserve
675 Albert River-Welshpool Road, Binginwarri
Boisdale Recreation Reserve
Main Street, Boisdale
Briagolong Quarry Reserve
Freestone Creek Road, Briagolong
Briagolong Recreation Reserve
Briagolong Road, Briagolong
Cameron Sporting Complex
Morison Street, Maffra
Carrajung Memorial Park
McDermott Street, Carrajung
Charles Street Recreation Reserve
Charlies Street, Loch Sport
Cowwarr Recreation Reserve
2-24 Pine Grove Avenue, Cowwarr
Dargo Public Hall and Recreation Reserve
177 Lind Avenue, Dargo
Denison Recreation Reserve
1422 Sale-Heyfield Road, Denison
Devon North Recreation Reserve
683 Tarra Valley Road, Devon North
Golden Beach (Veronica Maybury) Recreation Reserve
Surf Edge Drive, Golden Beach
Gordon Street Recreation Reserve
Gordon Street, Heyfield
Gormandale Recreation Reserve
14-16 Main Road, Gormandale
Kilmany Public Hall and Recreation Reserve
21 Freshwaters Road, Kilmany
Loch Sport Foreshore Reserve
Lake Street, Loch Sport
Longford Hall and Recreation Reserve
Corner South Gippsland and Longford-Loch Sport Road, Longford
Maffra Recreation Reserve
Corner Edward Street and McLean Street, Maffra
Meerlieu Public Hall and Recreation Reserve
1455 Lindenow-Meerlieu Road, Meerlieu
Nambrok Public Hall and Recreation Reserve
173 Nambrok Hall Road, Nambrok
Newry Community Tennis Courts and Parklands
30 McGole Street, Newry
Newry Recreation Reserve
838 Three Chain Road, Newry
Pine Lodge Reserve
Llowalong Road, Stratford
Port Albert Racecourse and Recreation Reserve
Port Albert - Tarraville Road, Port Albert
Rosedale Racecourse Reserve
10 Evergreen Road, Rosedale
Rosedale Recreation Reserve
Moore Street, Rosedale
Seaspray Foreshore Reserve
Corner Futcher Street and Shoreline Drive, Seaspray
Seaton Hall and Recreation Reserve
1043 Main Street, Seaton
Stradbroke Recreation Reserve and Hall
4971 South Gippsland Highway, Stradbroke
Stratford Recreation Reserve
Wellsford Street, Stratford
Tarraville Recreation Reserve
9 Bridge Street, Tarraville
Won Wron Recreation Reserve
4706 Hyland Hwy, Won Wron
Woodside Recreation Reserve
4-18 High Street, Woodside
Yarram Recreation Reserve
50 Railway Avenue, Yarram
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Fences on Common Boundaries

Timber fences between adjoining properties may be constructed to a maximum height of 2m without the need for a building permit, however owners are advised to consult their neighbours and the Fences Act 1968 prior to construction. All other fencing requires a Building Permit for which you will need to contact a Private Building Surveyor.

When constructing a fence that exceeds 2m in height, consideration must be given to windows that face the fence (both yours and your neighbours). You will be required to provide a clear area, called a light court, between habitable room windows and the fence. The light court must have a minimum dimension of 1m and a minimum area of 3m².

Further restrictions apply if; the fence is opposite a north facing window and that window is within 3m of the boundary, exceeds a height of 3m and is adjacent to an existing adjoining window or overshadows recreational private open space (Building Regulation 429).

Wellington Shire Council will contribute to the shared costs of fencing where requested by adjoining landowners, on boundaries land where Council is the owner or has vested control.

Council will not contribute to the cost of:

  • Roadways, right of ways
  • Rural Fencing
  • Gates onto Council land
  • Waterways or drainage reserves
  • Fencing resulting from new subdivisions
  • Pedestrian access ways

Council will fund the 50% of the cost with the landowner of the cheapest quotation for a standard 1.8m hardwood paling fence, with concrete posts and plinths. This standard fence has been specified as it is the most resilient to damage, and most cost effective to maintain.

If a landowner requests to build a non-standard fence, Council may contribute on the condition that the landowner accept responsibility for the future maintenance of the fence.

Notice to Fence Notice

When constructing a fence between two adjoining properties, the Fences Act 1968 outlines the sharing of costs and what is required to serve a Notice to Fence Notice to an adjoining property owner.

It is to be noted that fencing issues or disputes are not a Council matter, but rather a civil one between you and your neighbour. These issues can only be resolved by negotiation, by referring the matter to the Magistrates Court or by contacting the Dispute Settlement Centre of Victoria (DSCV).

This is a free service that is able to provide some guidance in relation to matters covered by the Fences Amendment Act (2014) Vic and their website also features simple tips and advice for resolving neighbourhood disputes without having to resort to legal action.

Notice to Fence Notice

Front Fences

If you are building a fence along the front title boundary of your property it is important to check that your boundary is correct. A licensed land surveyor can determine the boundary locations.

As a general rule the maximum front fence height for most properties under Building Regulation 424 will be 1.5m within 3m of the front title boundary.

If the heights are exceeded or the fence is constructed of masonry you will need a building permit for which you must contact a Private Building Surveyor.

Fences on Corner Properties

Restrictions apply to fences on corner sites within 9m of the intersection of the title boundaries. A maximum fence height of 1m is enforced in order for motorists to obtain a clear view of an intersection.

Applications to Wellington Shire Council to allow a greater fence height will be granted in exceptional circumstances only.

Swimming Pool and Spa Barriers

Swimming pool and spa owners are required by law to meet government regulations and standards regarding safety barriers.

New regulations by the Victorian Government have into force under a regime for safety measures/inspections to ensure existing and new pool and spa barriers are maintained.

These measures were introduced in an effort to reduce the number of fatal and non-fatal drowning incidents among children aged five and under in private pools and spas.

If barriers do not comply, the Council Officer undertaking the inspection must issue a non-compliance certificate.

The new regulations came into effect in 1 December 2019. All swimming pools and spas must be registered, with further information available from our Pool and Spa Safety page.

Additional information, including current guidelines and checklists, is available from the Victorian Building Authority Pool Safety Barriers page.

Swimming Pool and Spa Safety Barriers

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2020 Minutes and Agendas

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Timber fences between adjoining properties may be constructed to a maximum height of 2m without the need for a building permit, however owners are advised to consult their neighbours and the Fences Act 1968 prior to construction. All other fencing requires a Building Permit for which you will need to contact a Private Building Surveyor.

When constructing a fence that exceeds 2m in height, consideration must be given to windows that face the fence (both yours and your neighbours). You will be required to provide a clear area, called a light court, between habitable room windows and the fence. The light court must have a minimum dimension of 1m and a minimum area of 3m².

Further restrictions apply if; the fence is opposite a north facing window and that window is within 3m of the boundary, exceeds a height of 3m and is adjacent to an existing adjoining window or overshadows recreational private open space (Building Regulation 429).

Wellington Shire Council will contribute to the shared costs of fencing where requested by adjoining landowners, on boundaries land where Council is the owner or has vested control.

Council will not contribute to the cost of:

  • Roadways, right of ways
  • Rural Fencing
  • Gates onto Council land
  • Waterways or drainage reserves
  • Fencing resulting from new subdivisions
  • Pedestrian access ways

Council will fund the 50% of the cost with the landowner of the cheapest quotation for a standard 1.8m hardwood paling fence, with concrete posts and plinths. This standard fence has been specified as it is the most resilient to damage, and most cost effective to maintain.

If a landowner requests to build a non-standard fence, Council may contribute on the condition that the landowner accept responsibility for the future maintenance of the fence.

2019 Minutes and Agendas

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Timber fences between adjoining properties may be constructed to a maximum height of 2m without the need for a building permit, however owners are advised to consult their neighbours and the Fences Act 1968 prior to construction. All other fencing requires a Building Permit for which you will need to contact a Private Building Surveyor.

When constructing a fence that exceeds 2m in height, consideration must be given to windows that face the fence (both yours and your neighbours). You will be required to provide a clear area, called a light court, between habitable room windows and the fence. The light court must have a minimum dimension of 1m and a minimum area of 3m².

Further restrictions apply if; the fence is opposite a north facing window and that window is within 3m of the boundary, exceeds a height of 3m and is adjacent to an existing adjoining window or overshadows recreational private open space (Building Regulation 429).

Wellington Shire Council will contribute to the shared costs of fencing where requested by adjoining landowners, on boundaries land where Council is the owner or has vested control.

Council will not contribute to the cost of:

  • Roadways, right of ways
  • Rural Fencing
  • Gates onto Council land
  • Waterways or drainage reserves
  • Fencing resulting from new subdivisions
  • Pedestrian access ways

Council will fund the 50% of the cost with the landowner of the cheapest quotation for a standard 1.8m hardwood paling fence, with concrete posts and plinths. This standard fence has been specified as it is the most resilient to damage, and most cost effective to maintain.

If a landowner requests to build a non-standard fence, Council may contribute on the condition that the landowner accept responsibility for the future maintenance of the fence.

2018 Minutes and Agendas

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Timber fences between adjoining properties may be constructed to a maximum height of 2m without the need for a building permit, however owners are advised to consult their neighbours and the Fences Act 1968 prior to construction. All other fencing requires a Building Permit for which you will need to contact a Private Building Surveyor.

When constructing a fence that exceeds 2m in height, consideration must be given to windows that face the fence (both yours and your neighbours). You will be required to provide a clear area, called a light court, between habitable room windows and the fence. The light court must have a minimum dimension of 1m and a minimum area of 3m².

Further restrictions apply if; the fence is opposite a north facing window and that window is within 3m of the boundary, exceeds a height of 3m and is adjacent to an existing adjoining window or overshadows recreational private open space (Building Regulation 429).

Wellington Shire Council will contribute to the shared costs of fencing where requested by adjoining landowners, on boundaries land where Council is the owner or has vested control.

Council will not contribute to the cost of:

  • Roadways, right of ways
  • Rural Fencing
  • Gates onto Council land
  • Waterways or drainage reserves
  • Fencing resulting from new subdivisions
  • Pedestrian access ways

Council will fund the 50% of the cost with the landowner of the cheapest quotation for a standard 1.8m hardwood paling fence, with concrete posts and plinths. This standard fence has been specified as it is the most resilient to damage, and most cost effective to maintain.

If a landowner requests to build a non-standard fence, Council may contribute on the condition that the landowner accept responsibility for the future maintenance of the fence.

2017 Minutes and Agendas

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Timber fences between adjoining properties may be constructed to a maximum height of 2m without the need for a building permit, however owners are advised to consult their neighbours and the Fences Act 1968 prior to construction. All other fencing requires a Building Permit for which you will need to contact a Private Building Surveyor.

When constructing a fence that exceeds 2m in height, consideration must be given to windows that face the fence (both yours and your neighbours). You will be required to provide a clear area, called a light court, between habitable room windows and the fence. The light court must have a minimum dimension of 1m and a minimum area of 3m².

Further restrictions apply if; the fence is opposite a north facing window and that window is within 3m of the boundary, exceeds a height of 3m and is adjacent to an existing adjoining window or overshadows recreational private open space (Building Regulation 429).

Wellington Shire Council will contribute to the shared costs of fencing where requested by adjoining landowners, on boundaries land where Council is the owner or has vested control.

Council will not contribute to the cost of:

  • Roadways, right of ways
  • Rural Fencing
  • Gates onto Council land
  • Waterways or drainage reserves
  • Fencing resulting from new subdivisions
  • Pedestrian access ways

Council will fund the 50% of the cost with the landowner of the cheapest quotation for a standard 1.8m hardwood paling fence, with concrete posts and plinths. This standard fence has been specified as it is the most resilient to damage, and most cost effective to maintain.

If a landowner requests to build a non-standard fence, Council may contribute on the condition that the landowner accept responsibility for the future maintenance of the fence.

2016 Minutes and Agendas

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Timber fences between adjoining properties may be constructed to a maximum height of 2m without the need for a building permit, however owners are advised to consult their neighbours and the Fences Act 1968 prior to construction. All other fencing requires a Building Permit for which you will need to contact a Private Building Surveyor.

When constructing a fence that exceeds 2m in height, consideration must be given to windows that face the fence (both yours and your neighbours). You will be required to provide a clear area, called a light court, between habitable room windows and the fence. The light court must have a minimum dimension of 1m and a minimum area of 3m².

Further restrictions apply if; the fence is opposite a north facing window and that window is within 3m of the boundary, exceeds a height of 3m and is adjacent to an existing adjoining window or overshadows recreational private open space (Building Regulation 429).

Wellington Shire Council will contribute to the shared costs of fencing where requested by adjoining landowners, on boundaries land where Council is the owner or has vested control.

Council will not contribute to the cost of:

  • Roadways, right of ways
  • Rural Fencing
  • Gates onto Council land
  • Waterways or drainage reserves
  • Fencing resulting from new subdivisions
  • Pedestrian access ways

Council will fund the 50% of the cost with the landowner of the cheapest quotation for a standard 1.8m hardwood paling fence, with concrete posts and plinths. This standard fence has been specified as it is the most resilient to damage, and most cost effective to maintain.

If a landowner requests to build a non-standard fence, Council may contribute on the condition that the landowner accept responsibility for the future maintenance of the fence.

2015 Minutes and Agendas

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Timber fences between adjoining properties may be constructed to a maximum height of 2m without the need for a building permit, however owners are advised to consult their neighbours and the Fences Act 1968 prior to construction. All other fencing requires a Building Permit for which you will need to contact a Private Building Surveyor.

When constructing a fence that exceeds 2m in height, consideration must be given to windows that face the fence (both yours and your neighbours). You will be required to provide a clear area, called a light court, between habitable room windows and the fence. The light court must have a minimum dimension of 1m and a minimum area of 3m².

Further restrictions apply if; the fence is opposite a north facing window and that window is within 3m of the boundary, exceeds a height of 3m and is adjacent to an existing adjoining window or overshadows recreational private open space (Building Regulation 429).

Wellington Shire Council will contribute to the shared costs of fencing where requested by adjoining landowners, on boundaries land where Council is the owner or has vested control.

Council will not contribute to the cost of:

  • Roadways, right of ways
  • Rural Fencing
  • Gates onto Council land
  • Waterways or drainage reserves
  • Fencing resulting from new subdivisions
  • Pedestrian access ways

Council will fund the 50% of the cost with the landowner of the cheapest quotation for a standard 1.8m hardwood paling fence, with concrete posts and plinths. This standard fence has been specified as it is the most resilient to damage, and most cost effective to maintain.

If a landowner requests to build a non-standard fence, Council may contribute on the condition that the landowner accept responsibility for the future maintenance of the fence.

2014 Minutes and Agendas

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Timber fences between adjoining properties may be constructed to a maximum height of 2m without the need for a building permit, however owners are advised to consult their neighbours and the Fences Act 1968 prior to construction. All other fencing requires a Building Permit for which you will need to contact a Private Building Surveyor.

When constructing a fence that exceeds 2m in height, consideration must be given to windows that face the fence (both yours and your neighbours). You will be required to provide a clear area, called a light court, between habitable room windows and the fence. The light court must have a minimum dimension of 1m and a minimum area of 3m².

Further restrictions apply if; the fence is opposite a north facing window and that window is within 3m of the boundary, exceeds a height of 3m and is adjacent to an existing adjoining window or overshadows recreational private open space (Building Regulation 429).

Wellington Shire Council will contribute to the shared costs of fencing where requested by adjoining landowners, on boundaries land where Council is the owner or has vested control.

Council will not contribute to the cost of:

  • Roadways, right of ways
  • Rural Fencing
  • Gates onto Council land
  • Waterways or drainage reserves
  • Fencing resulting from new subdivisions
  • Pedestrian access ways

Council will fund the 50% of the cost with the landowner of the cheapest quotation for a standard 1.8m hardwood paling fence, with concrete posts and plinths. This standard fence has been specified as it is the most resilient to damage, and most cost effective to maintain.

If a landowner requests to build a non-standard fence, Council may contribute on the condition that the landowner accept responsibility for the future maintenance of the fence.

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