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.
Matt from V.I.P. Fencing and Home Maintenance provided us with a terrific overall customer experience, from the initial contact, the clear and professional quote to the actual build. The service was seamless, others could well learn a thing or two from them!
- Robert (Fencing Services Altona)
5 STAR REVIEW Port Macquarie team very responsive and very happy with new fence VIP Fencing in Port Macquarie completed my fence yesterday. From the very start, I found the team responsive, professional and very friendly. My fence is excellent and Luke did very well with a tricky part around a tree. I am very happy. Thank you!
- Emma S (Fencing Services Port Macquarie)
Thanks Tony and team for recently installing our new colorbond fence and gate. Tony made everything really easy even through lockdowns with great communication, prompt service and a fantastic result.
- CarolineC (Fencing Services Patterson Lakes)
5 STAR REVIEW Life Saver Reliable, good quality work, easy going very friendly definitely would recommend.
- Glen (Fencing Services Sth Sydney)
VIP – Fencing responded promptly to my job enquiry. He visited our site before submitting a quotation with improved specifications. His attention to detail and product knowledge was impressive. They responded to all my queries on a timely basis and also made sure our neighbour was happy. We are very happy with our new colorbond fence. Thanks again VIP.
- Peter (Fencing Services Glen Iris)
5 STAR REVIEW McCarthy court Warragal Warwick from VIP fencing removed a old wooden fence and replaced it with a nice colour bond fence with a concrete retaining wall underneath - I can’t recommend Warwick enough he done a great job, very professional reliable & reasonable. I have no hesitation recommending VIP fencing (Warwick) in the future - and will be using them again.
- Steven Strauss (Fencing Services Warragal)
Mark was flexible and aware of my needs on a tricky job. He was most professional and can't recommend him highly enough!
- Gary (Fencing Services Mt Waverley)
The quality and service we received from you was simply first class. The span of fencing that you replaced was certainly not an easy one to tackle but somehow you made it look easy and the fence itself is stunning. Also a pleasure to deal with. You turned up on time, cleaned up after yourself each night, and were a good genuine person. Thanks once again and I will make sure to recommend you to anyone and everyone who needs some fencing done.
- Harley (Fencing Services Surrey Hills)
“Harley managed to achieve this large and somewhat complex raked picket fence and gates job within the promised timelines and to a very high standard of finish”, Danielle says, she also went on to say. “My partner and I are delighted by the way everything looks and want him to build another feature fence for us as well as a decent sized deck, we would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone who values fantastic quality and great service”.
- Danielle T (Fencing Services Mount Eliza)