Your fence is an important part of your home and every home owner's responsibility.
More often than not we take for granted this most important home feature. Not only does it create your boundary for gardens, offer curb street appeal, give privacy and security, but it also keeps your children and pets safely within the property.
To learn more you can view our fencing catalogue.
We have created this online checklist for your convenience, as there is a bit to think about and do when arranging a new/replacement fence.
If you are a property owner, the Fences Act contains the rules about who pays for a dividing fence. We have a list of each states fencing act links on our legal information page.
You will need to notify your neighbours of the fence replacement or repair of your fence.
Our recommendation is to be proactive and speak with your neighbour(s) where applicable first to ascertain what type of fence you want and or if they are in agreement regarding the fence being replaced.
Notice to Fence/Contribute for fencing work:
You may be required to issue your neighbour with a Notice to Fence/Contribute for fencing work. You can find forms online, make sure you go to your state/territory for the correct one.
Does my fence need a permit?
Contact your local council to see if you require a building permit for your new fence. Some cases a permit is required due to the extension of height, style of the fence if your home is heritage listed or there is an estate covenant etc.
Be aware the pool fencing legislation is different in all the states and territories within Australia. There is a wealth of information out there online, so Google your state or territories Pool Fencing legislation requirements to find out more or you can find a list of each states pool fencing links on our legal information page..
Dial before you dig:
Dial before you dig can provide you with a map of each authority i.e. energy, phone cables, water pipes and gas lines, etc. It is your responsibility to ensure you provide this information to your fence builder prior to works commencing. Visit their website to find out more: http://www.1100.com.au
Choosing your fencing contractor:
Choosing your fencing contractor is important, some people go to the bottom line of their quote, and sadly they get what they pay for. We have spent many years in the fencing industry collectively and have seen the results of poor choices, unfortunately when quizzed more often than not it was about the price.
What to look for/ask in a fencing contractor?
Why are these questions important?
Simply because of security, peace of mind and in the event that something goes wrong it is much easier to sort things out if all the above is in place with who you have engaged!
Clearing fence lines:
You will need to clear your fence line prior works proceeding (unless you have requested your Fence Installer perform the task), the garden/clearance needs to be min 600mm both sides of the fence.
Proceeding with fencing construction:
Ensure that you have available: access to Power and Water and no harm in a coffee or two, fencing is hard work!
Keep children away from work site:
Yes, it is a work site, you need to ensure your children's safety that they are not on site while the fence installation is happening.
Lock up your dogs/cats or have them stay with a friend:
To ensure the safety and security of your dogs/cats make sure you have them locked in the home or have them stay with a friend.
Replacement fences go back on the previous fence line although a 50mm variance is allowable and unless mutually agreed, palings and rails (where applicable) to be as they were.
Survey pegs are required, and the responsibility for them and the fences location is back on the owner and or the person who has placed the pegs.
Payment will be required by all parties strictly on completion of the works!
Care and warranties:
Dependant on the type/style of fence and fencing materials. Ensure that you gather your information on how to care for your fence and save your fencing material (where applicable) warranties, some are transferable so well worthwhile hanging onto.
Does your fence need painting?
You can do this yourself or better still have our franchise owners to assist you here, so let them know if you need your picket fence painted or even better still we have seen paling/wooden fences stained, and they come up looking fantastic.
So not only do you have a fence that looks good you are also caring for the longevity by fortifying the wood against the effects of the wind, rain and extreme temperatures. If staining the wooden fence use a heavy duty outdoor stain.
Professional approach and first class work on my fence by Clint. Thoroughly recommend.
- John (Fencing Services Essendon West)
Dear Ange, I just wanted to say thanks and what a pleasure it was to have you build my back fence. At the time of calling you I was in a desperate situation of needing the fence built urgently, you were not only able to meet my needs with the timeframe, but your advise on what would be best with regard to how the fence should be constructed, and the assurance re the quality of work and materials overall represents 100% satisfaction on my part. Once again thanks for everything, the fence looks great, and I will not hesitate to recommend you to anyone who needs a fence. Cheers.
- Warren M (Fencing Services Croydon)
Hi Ben. Just a short note to again indicate my appreciation for the replacement of two fences for my daughter and me. From the first contact with you when you provided me with quotes, I was pleased with several things; (a) your promptness in providing the quotes, (b) your professional and considered advice as to what was the best material etc. that suited our requirements and finally the professional completion and appearance of the fences that were done in a timely manner. Due to your professional work and friendly disposition, I would have no hesitation in recommending your work to anyone. Regards Neil O’Loughlin.
- Neil O'L (Fencing Services Heidelberg)
From the first time I contacted Harley to the completion of my new fence ( exposed post with palings & gate) his professionalism was exemplary. Although only a small fence it had lots of angles and challenges and I could not be happier with the end result. The quality and craftsmanship is amazing and I would highly recommended Harley.
- Melissa (Fencing Services Langwarrin)
Dear Walter, Thank you for all your hard work and attentiveness to our property and garden. We have appreciated the courtesy you have demonstrated toward us; both you and your colleague, David, are gentlemen. We have no hesitation in recommending you to others and will keep you in mind for any future work. Kind Regards, Daniel and Sally B
- Daniel and Sally (Fencing Services Box Hill Sth)
I recommend V.I.P. because V.I.P. behaved very professionally. They came when they said they would. A detailed quote was emailed to me on the evening of the same day. The email was detailed and easy to understand.
We had Bryan install 2 aluminum slat gates for us, the whole process was really quick and professional. Bryan is a tidy worker and a genuine guy! We highly recommend VIP Fencing Fremantle.
- Emma (Fencing Services Aubin Grove)
Sid was prompt, courteous and professional from the moment I contacted him for a quote to build a new fence. He and his partner built a great, solid new fence for us within 3 days, as promised. I highly recommend Sid and VIP
- Rachel (Fencing Services Macleod)
Hi Terry, Just wanted to let you know that I'm very happy with my new fence. I liked the way it was erected professionally, and you cleaned up afterwards. I'd be happy to recommend your services in the future.
- Barbara (Fencing Services Knoxfield)
Thanks V.I.P. Fencing and especially to Mark, that is our fence and it's outstanding, it has been painted now, post code says Clayton but the fence yells Toorak, 2 weeks now and I'm still having my Mortised Post Fence moments! Can I give Mark 6 out of 5 stars?
- Colin F (Fencing Services Clayton)