Residential fencing

Property fencing up to 2.0 metres high above the original ground level usually doesn't need building approval.

The exceptions are:

  • corner lots
  • swimming pool fencing
  • waterfront fencing
  • title and contract restrictions
  • development approval conditions.

For more information, go to our guide to residential fences(PDF, 4MB)

Corner lots

Corner lot fencing has to allow the traffic on both roads to have a clear line of vision around the corner.

Fencing within the corner cannot exceed 1.0 metre in height.

These and other setback requirements can be found in the Queensland Development Code.

Swimming pool fencing

Swimming pool fencing needs approval and inspection.

For more information, go to our Swimming pool fencing page.

Waterfront fencing

Waterways also carry floodwater so fencing within these areas has special requirements under our City Plan, Coastal erosion hazard overlay code.

Standard drawing 04-004 restricts waterfront fencing to 1.2 metres high.

Standard drawing 04-004(PDF, 667KB)

The height applies within the waterway regulation line which is located in City Plan interactive mapping / Supporting layers / Coastal hazard supporting information / Building setback to canals and waterways from waterway regulation line.

Dividing fences / fencing disputes

The State Government regulates and resolves neighbour disputes for fencing.

Conditions & restrictions

Title and contract restrictions

The property title may list title and contract restrictions as encumbrances, covenants and easements. These may include special restrictions on building in certain areas, including fencing. Covenant approvals are to protect the amenity of a housing estate. They may restrict certain types of fencing and be detailed in your purchase contract.

Development approval conditions

Earlier development approvals may have conditions about fencing. They are still relevant, even after subdivision. For example, when a large development was first approved it was a condition that front fencing was 50% open for security. This condition is still relevant even to later owners. Fencing of a particular nature or type in your area may indicate this.

Before building

  • Talk to your neighbour
  • check your property boundaries
  • check for services at Dial Before You Dig
  • consider if the old fence may be asbestos before removing.

More information

A building professional like a designer, engineer architect or private building certifier may be able to help you.

For setback enquiries, contact us on 07 5582 8708 or email:

For general building enquiries, contact the Building Certification Group on 07 5667 5978 or email: