Street fences: secondary street fences

A secondary street fence is a wall, screen or barrier that abuts a street boundary that is not the primary frontage (front fence) but which intersects with or adjoins that road, a right-of-way or battleaxe leg.

Please see the front and secondary fences fact sheet below for more information

Planning requirements

Secondary street fences must be visually permeable above 1.2m from natural ground level for 50% of the length of the street boundary, right of way or access leg and shall allow surveillance from an outdoor living area and/or major opening.

The Residential Design Codes define visually permeable as:

  • Continuous vertical or horizontal gaps of 50mm or greater width, occupying not less than one third of the total surface area
  • Continuous vertical or horizontal gaps less than 50mm width, occupying at least one half of the total surface area in aggregate
  • A surface offering equal or lesser obstruction to view.

Where secondary street fencing does not meet the planning requirements, a development (planning) application can be lodged.

Fees are in accordance with the Planning Services Schedule of Fees.

Building permit requirements

A building permit is required for a fence that is masonry and more than 750mm in height and/or if any part of the fence is more than 0.5m in height and will be used as a retaining wall.

A building permit is also required if the fence is constructed of masonry and more than 750mm in height, and if material other than masonry is used and exceeds 1.8m in height.

Fees are in accordance with the Building Services Schedule of Fees.

Structural requirements for a masonry fence

The design of the masonry fence shall meet the requirements of a practising structural engineer.

Swimming pool barrier requirements

In addition to the minimum planning and building requirements, front fences that are to be used as a swimming pool barrier will need to comply with AS1926.1 Swimming pool safety. For further information refer to swimming pool barriers and approvals.