Build a fence
When building a fence, it's crucial to be aware of when you need approval from the Council. Some considerations that determine approval include the height of the fence, whether the fence will be masonry or brick, the fence proximity to an intersection or if it falls within a specific zone. Approval is also necessary if it involves local heritage dwellings or serves as a safety barrier for swimming pools or spa pools. Additionally, fences near dwellings or apartment buildings and those requiring the clearing of native vegetation will also need approval.
Fences that require Council approval
You will require approval from Council for your fence if any of the following applies:
- your fence exceeds 2.1m in height, including attachments, retaining wall, or other
- your fence masonry, such as brick and stone, exceeds 1m in height, including any retaining wall
- your fence exceeds 1m in height within 6m of an intersection of any street, other than where a 4m x 4m corner cut-off exists - this is measured from the property boundary
- your fence is in the historic and conservation zones and/or is a state or local heritage dwelling
- your fence is to be a safety barrier for a swimming pool or spa pool
- your fence is a brush fence within 3m of an existing or proposed dwelling, or a flat or apartment building
Clear native vegetation to build a fence
If you want to build or change a fence on a rural property that borders a road or a Council Reserve, you need to get permission from the Council. To start the process, reach out to our Senior Environmental Officer on 8563 8444 and ask them to visit the site and guide you through the application.
An application to clear native vegetation is required for all naturally occurring native vegetation on public and private land throughout South Australia. Approval to clear is required for all native plants, including dead trees in some instances, as they may provide habitat for animals.