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Front Fences

Part 4 of the Building Regulations deals with all front fence requirements including, height, construction, location and safety of the public.

Construction of a front fence over 1 metre in height on or within 9 metres of an intersection (corner blocks) will require a Report & Consent, as well as a Building Permit. Refer to Report and Consent Applications and Building Permits

Lots under 300m2 will require a Planning Permit.

Please refer to the links at the bottom of this page for download files or contact details for further information.

Boundary Fences

Standard height for boundary fences between adjoining properties can be up to 2 metres in height, and can have open lattice up to 500mm high on top of the fence (maximum 2.5 mtrs in height). Fences outside of these heights will require a Report & Consent from Council, as well as a Building Permit. Refer to Report and Consent Applications and Building Permits

Disputes regarding boundary fences are a civil matter, and therefore not controlled by council.

For enquiries/advice on boundary fences and disputes, please refer to the Department of Justice Dispute Settlement Centre or Fencing online. (contact details below)

Declared Roads

A declared road is defined as: a freeway or an arterial road within the meaning of the Road Management Act 2004.

Front fences can have a maximum height of 2m on declared roads.

The following are Declared Roads in Knox:

  • Basin Olinda Road
  • Boronia Road
  • Burwood Highway
  • Dorset Road
  • Ferntree Gully Road
  • Forest Road (from Boronia Rd to Mountain Hwy)
  • High Street Road
  • Kelletts Road
  • Lysterfield Road (from Napoleon Rd to Wellington Rd)
  • Mountain Highway
  • Napoleon Road
  • Scoresby Road
  • Stud Road
  • Wantirna Road
  • Wellington Road

For more information

On a Report and Consent Application or a Building Permit contact:

Knox City Council
Building Services
511 Burwood Highway
Wantirna South VIC 3152

Tel: 9298 8125
Fax: 9801 0389


On boundary fencing enquiries contact:

Dispute Settlement Centre (Department of Justice)
Tel: 1300 372 888 or 1800 658 528

Fencing Online website links are also listed below.

Please note some pages will not be available on our website during the period 21 September to 22 October 2016 in accordance with our obligations under Council's Election Period Policy. More information available

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