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The Gold Coast is a vibrant and attractive city. We are working hard to maintain our enviable lifestyle and ensure our city continues to thrive in a sustainable way.

Property fencing

Property fencing

Fencing is permitted to a maximum height of two (2) metres above natural ground level before a Referral Agency Assessment application is required from the City of Gold Coast as a Referral Agency.

Further restrictions also apply to corner allotments. Should a fence be proposed in conjunction with and over a retaining wall, the combined height of more than two (2) metres would also require a Referral Agency Assessment application to the City.

Frontage fences that comply may:

  • include a 50 per cent open fence type construction
  • provide recesses for landscape plantings that are designed to a minimum 600 millimetre depth and 600 millimetre width over 50 per cent of the length of the frontage fence
  • provide a minimum offset of 600 millimetres from the road front boundary to allow for the inclusion of landscaping over a minimum 50 per cent of the length of the frontage fence, and
  • provide for plantings immediately behind any existing frontage fence over a minimum 50 per cent of the length of the frontage fence, capable of achieving a maximum growth height of 2.5 to four (4) metres at maturity.

Fencing within the waterfront setback area is limited to a maximum height of 1.2 metres and shall be of an open design to the satisfaction of the City.

Please refer to the Referral Agency Assessment application page for further information on how to lodge an application.

Swimming pool fencing

Swimming pool fences have their own requirements; please visit the swimming pool fences page.

Dividing fences / fencing disputes

The State Government regulates fencing, including how disputes between neighbours are resolved. The Neighbourhood Disputes (Dividing Fences and Trees) Act 2011 deals with constructing and repairing fences that divide adjoining land. Please visit the State Government website for more information.

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