Does Council contribute to half the cost of fencing repairs when my property borders a reserve?
For Fences Dividing Council Land and Private Properties
Under the Fences Act 1968 and the Fences Amendment Act 2014 , Council is only liable to pay half the cost of fencing on land joined by a private owner, where the Council side of the land is a Council owned or managed building.
Where the land is used as a public reserve (walkways, road reserves, tree reserves etc) or a public park, Council is exempt from paying hlf a fence cost as it is not considered to be an ‘owner’ but a custodian or trustee for the public. Council is not required to make a contribution towards the cost of a new fence, fence repairs or removal of graffiti.
To determine if Council is the owner of land joining your property, contact us for an enquiry form.
If it is determined that your property borders a Council owned property you are requested to obtain (2) fencing quotes for repairs or replacement and submit these to Council’s Assets Department. In the case of new fencing, Council will only contribute to half the cost of a standard paling fence ie. 5’4” (1.63 metres) high. Council will not pay for any additional costs for colorbond fencing or higher fences. If you require a non-standard fence, the quote must additionally include the cost of a standard paling fence.
Council will consider the submitted quotes and carry out an inspection prior to any works. Council will then contact the property owner and fencing contractor to arrange works. A further inspection will be carried out by Council at the completion of works.
If you require ownership information of a neighbouring property which is privately owned, the prescribed Council application form must be completed and submitted.