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The laws regarding fences have been established by the State Government.
Council has no role in their interpretation or enforcement beyond ensuring that where the fence is defined as development by the Development Act and Regulations, they meet some specific technical requirements.
Council's powers extend to fencing around pools and spas and the height of boundary fencing (see below).
Information in relation to the laws and procedures regarding fencing is available to the community. Council has copies of the free booklet Fences and the Law produced by the Legal Services Commission of South Australia.
This booklet answers frequently asked questions about dividing fences and explains the legal procedure to be followed when someone wants to erect, replace or repair a boundary fence. In addition it also contains blank notice forms and referrals to mediation services and community legal services which may be able to assist you further.
Copies are available from Council or you may wish to download the Fences and the Law Booklet from the Legal Services Commission's website current publications page.
For unresolved disputes, please refer to:
Phone: 08 8342 1800