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Water storage tanks

Construction, erection assembly or placement of a water storage tanks with a capacity of more than 5000 litres are required to have a building permit.  

Retaining walls

Retaining walls that retain more than 500mm high are required to have a building permit.

Neighbours written permission is required if accessing adjoining property.

The following forms can be downloaded from the Department of Mines, Industry Regulations and Safety website:

  • BA20 – Notice and request for consent to encroach or adversely affect                 
  • BA20A – Notice and request for consent (response notice): Protection structures, party walls, removal of fences, access to land.

Walls, fences and dividing fences

Boundary fencing are governed by the Dividing Fences Act 1961.

A dividing fence is any wall, fences or similar structure located on or near a common boundary or adjoining land or on a line other that the common boundary.

A building permit is required for a fence exceeding 1.2 metres in height from the natural ground level within three (3) metres of the front boundary of any lot.  

If you are a property owner and are constructing a dividing fence, you should know your obligations and responsibilities under the Act.

The Shire does not administer the Act but can provide advice if required, practically of the definition of a sufficient fence for a zone within the Shire for the purposes of the Act. Please direct any dividing fences disputes to the Department of Mines, Industry Regulations and Safety.

See also: Dividing Fences Matters