A boundary fence constructed of masonry or concrete may be a maximum height of 1.2 metres and be built without a building permit.

A boundary fence constructed of a material other than masonry or concrete can be a maximum height on 2.1 metres.

Front fences may be solid up to 1.2 metres height and then 1/3 transparent material up to 1.8 metres.

Fences between Private Properties

Boundary fences between neighbouring properties are the owners responsibility for erecting and repair.

Disputes between neighbours – Neighbours do not always see eye to eye. From time to time a problem will arise which need to be resolved. These problems can be varied and putting up or repairing a fence between properties is a common one. These types of problems can be sorted out if the neighbours concerned communicate with each other and know what to do if a difference of opinion arises.

The Boundary Fences Act and You

The Boundary Fences Act 1908 tells us what the law is in Tasmania for erecting and repairing boundary fences.

The Act will not apply to you if:

  • your property or the other property concerned is unoccupied Crown Land
  • a public reserve
  • land in a subdivision which has not yet been sold separately, or
  • you are simply renting the property concerned. It is usually the owner of the property who is responsible for erecting or repairing a boundary fence, not the tenant.

More information regarding boundary fences is available from Legal Aid Commission of Tasmania.

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