City of Cockburn, PO Box 1215, Bibra Lake DC, Western Australia, 6965
Telephone: (08) 9411 3444


Under the Building Code of Australia, a front fence is classed as a Class 10b building or structure.

What is a front fence?

A front fence includes a wall, screen, retaining wall or the like located in the front setback area of a property.

When is Council approval required?

A building permit from the City is required if the proposed front fence height exceeds 750mm in a Residential Zone or if the fence differs from the criteria stated in the City's Front Fences Information Sheet.

Please kindly note that an application for Planning Approval must be submitted in addition to a building permit application:

  1. If a solid front fence exceeds 1.2m in height;
  2. If a solid front fence is more than 750mm in height and is located within 1.5m of any driveway.

In all instances, all fencing materials must comply with the City of Cockburn Fencing Local Laws.

It should be noted that a front fence may also be a dividing fence between different properties. In such situations, the Dividing Fences Act 1961 may apply. You may need to discuss with your neighbour regarding your proposed front fence.

Please be aware that the City of Cockburn does not administer the "Dividing Fences Act 1961".