Australian Fencing Standards & Heights

Are you planning to install a fence around your property? If so, it’s important to understand that the height of your fence can play a crucial role in its overall purpose and functionality (specifically in prioritising your privacy, security, and aesthetics). 

Guarantee that your fence is structurally sound and legally compliant by properly adhering to Australian standards. But how can you ensure that you meet standard fence height requirements? By reading this comprehensive guide, of course! 

So, whether you’re looking to keep out nosy neighbours, protect your home from unwanted intruders, or simply add a decorative touch to your property, consider the height of your fence and follow the appropriate guidelines for installation.


Fencing Australian Standards: A Brief Overview

Australian fencing standards create a cohesive streetscape while addressing privacy and safety concerns.
Our products + the guidelines we’ll go through include specifications for fence materials, construction, and height to ensure compliance with legal requirements and promote uniformity. If you’d like to learn about each state’s specifics, review the official online documents

Maximum Height for a Fence: Legal Limits and Considerations


Every jurisdiction in Australia has specific regulations governing fence heights, which means that understanding the maximum height for a fence is crucial to avoid any legal complications and potential disputes with neighbours. To streamline your journey, here are the basic Australian maximum heights.

Please refer to your local council for personalised advice, as rules can vary for different zones within states. 



Maximum Fence Height (metres) Permit Required? 
Victoria 2
New South Wales 1.8 Safer to get one
Queensland 0.5 – 1.8 Talk with your neighbour
Australian Capital Territory 1.8 Refer to the Common Boundaries Act 1981 
Northern Territory 1
South Australia 2.1  
Western Australia 1.8

(Every suburb differs)

Every suburb differs
Tasmania 1.2 


Deciphering Fence Height Regulations in NSW

Front Fence Height Regulations NSW & What You Need to Know

In New South Wales (NSW), front fence height regulations are in place to maintain the aesthetic appeal of residential areas while respecting the privacy and security of homeowners (if you want a snapshot of what your fencing could look like, have a scroll through our gallery). 1.2 metres high fences are the norm, but be cautious because variations exist depending on the council regulations and property zoning. 

Luckily for you, though, we can handle the back and forth. So join forces with us as we investigate these regulations with expertise, providing a comprehensive understanding of how tall your front fence can be.

Legal Fence Height NSW: A Detailed Perspective

The legal fence height in NSW is critical to any fencing project. We take pride in ensuring that your fence complies with these regulations, giving you peace of mind and a beautiful, functional perimeter.

How High Can a Fence Be in NSW?

According to local council guidelines and the Dividing Fences Act 1991, the permissible height of a fence can vary depending on the property’s specific zoning and local planning regulations. Generally, residential fences in NSW are limited to a height of 1.8 metres along the front and 2.1 metres along the side and the back boundaries. 

Determining Standard Fence Height Australia: Factors to Consider

Regular Fence Height: Striking the Right Balance

Different factors, such as the purpose of the fence, local regulations, and the desired visual appeal can influence the appropriate height for a fence on your property. We work with you to determine the perfect height that meets your needs. Rest assured; we can deliver the outdoor fencing you’ve been looking for, whatever the rules may be! 

Average Fence Height: Balancing Privacy and Visibility

Maintaining an attractive and unified appearance in your neighbourhood is important by keeping your fence at the average height. Homeowners often need help with the desire for a guarded area behind tall fences versus maintaining an open, green area. 

We understand that the challenge lies in choosing a fence height that not only provides the desired level of privacy but also adds to the overall visual apparel of the community. Neighbourhoods are a group effort, so gathering input from the people you surround yourself with is worthwhile. 

Construction Fence Height: Tailoring Solutions for Every Project

Regarding construction sites, safety is a top priority. That’s where our specialised fencing solutions come in. Our construction fence heights adhere to all safety standards, providing a secure environment for your project. 

With our expertise and commitment to safety, you can rest easy knowing that your site is protected. Don’t take risks; trust us to provide your construction site’s specialised fencing needs. 

Final Notes

Our unwavering commitment to quality craftsmanship and a thorough understanding of regulatory requirements ensure that our standard fence height solutions enhance your property’s security and aesthetics and adhere to the highest industry standards. 

As your trusted fencing partner, we take pride in delivering durable, visually appealing, and compliant fencing solutions that stand the test of time. We have everything in our catalogue, from chain wire fences to security and tubular fences – so learn more about us and elevate your property with Longain Fencing today! Contact us now to start your journey.