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Front Fences

Planning permits may be required to construct or extend a front fence on your property. This will depend on the zone and overlays that apply to your property.

If a permit is required the documentation you collect will help when you submit the planning application. So be sure to keep copies of the documents you collect along the way.

Step 1: Refer to Property Reports online, type in your property address in the search tool to find out what zones and overlays apply. Zone and overlay details can be accessed when clicking 'Download PDF report'

Step 2: Check what zone applies to your property and refer to the below information:

Zones

  • A planning permit may be required to construct or extend a front fence greater than 1.5m in height on a lot of less than 500square metre (sq m) in the General Residential Zone and Neighbourhood Residential Zone.
  • A planning permit may be required to construct or extend a front fence greater than 1.5m in height where there is more than one dwelling on a lot in the General Residential Zone and Neighbourhood Residential Zone.

Step 3: Check what overlay(s) applies to your property and refer to the below information:

Overlays

A planning permit may be required to construct or extend a front fence if your property is located within the following overlays:

  • Heritage Overlay (All schedules)
  • Design and Development overlay (Schedules 2, 8 and 12)
  • Special Building Overlay (All Schedules)
    Please note: A permit may not be required to construct or extend a front fence in the Special Building Overlay (Schedule 2) if the floodplain management authority has agreed in writing that the flow path is not obstructed.
  • Environmental Significance Overlay (Schedules 1, 2, 3, 4)
  • Land Subject to Inundation Overlay
  • Significant Landscape Overlay (Schedule 1)

Step 4: Other Considerations

  • If your dwelling is part of a unit development, you will require a formal amendment under secondary consent or Section 72 to construct or extended a front fence.
  • Please note a covenant or Section 173 Agreement may apply to your title and can prohibit or restrict certain developments on your property.
  • If your zone or overlay is not specified above, please call Development Planning on 9490 4222 for further information.

Step 5: Information Required for Planning Applications

The following information is required when submitting a planning application:

  • property details and existing conditions
  • proposed site, floor and elevation plans
  • a current copy of title (obtained within the last 3 months) - purchase a current copy of your title at LANDATA
  • a demolition plan (if applicable)
  • an arborist report on the impact to existing or neighbouring vegetation (if applicable)
  • a response to the relevant ResCode standards found in Clause 54 of the Banyule Planning Scheme for projects with outbuildings, low impact dwelling extensions and front fences.

Step 6: How to Apply

 

Swimming Pools/Spas 

Planning permits may be required to construct a swimming pool or spa on your property. This will depend on the zone and overlays that apply to your property.

If a permit is required the documentation you collect will help when you submit the planning application. So be sure to keep copies of the documents you collect along the way.

Step 1: Refer to Property Reports online, type in your property address in the search tool to find out what overlays apply. Overlay details can be accessed when clicking 'Download PDF report'.

Step 2: Check what overlay(s) applies to your property and refer to the below information:

Overlays

A planning permit may be required to a swimming pool or spa if your property is located within the following overlays:

  • Heritage Overlay (All schedules)
    Please note: If the swimming pool or spa is not visible from a street or public park then a planning permit is not required.
  • Design and Development Overlay (Schedule 1, 2, 8, 18)
  • Land Subject to Inundation Overlay
  • Public Acquisition Overlay
  • Special Building Overlay (All Schedules)
    Please note: A permit may not be required for a swimming pool or spa in the Special Building Overlay (Schedule 2) if the floodplain management authority has agreed in writing that the flow path is not obstructed.

Step 3: Other Considerations

  • If your dwelling is part of a unit development, you will require a formal amendment under secondary consent or Section 72 to construct a swimming pool or spa. For further information please contact Development Planning.
  • Please note further restrictions on your title, such as a covenant or Section 173 Agreement may apply.
  • If your zone or overlay is not specified above, please call Development Planning on 9490 4222 for further information.

Step 4: Information Required for Planning Applications

The following information is required when submitting a planning application:

  • property details and existing conditions
  • proposed site, floor and elevation plans
  • a current copy of title (obtained within the last 3 months) - purchase a current copy of your title at LANDATA
  • a demolition plan (if applicable)
  • an arborist report on the impact to existing or neighbouring vegetation (if applicable)

Step 5: How to apply

 

Sheds + Garages/Carports (Outbuilding)

Planning permits may be required to construct or extend a shed, garage or carport (outbuilding) on your property. This will depend on the zone and overlays that apply to your property.

If a permit is required the documentation you collect will help when you submit the planning application. So be sure to keep copies of the documents you collect along the way. 

Step 1: Refer to Property Reports online, type in your property address in the search tool to find out what zones and overlays apply. Zone and overlay details can be accessed when clicking 'Download PDF report'. 

Step 2: Check what zone applies to your property and refer to the below information:

Zones

  • Neighbourhood Residential Zone (Schedule 3)

    A planning permit is required to construct or extend an outbuilding on a lot if the outbuilding exceeds 10m2 in size and/or the maximum height exceeds 3m above ground level. This only applies on a lot of less than 500m2.

  • General Residential Zone (Schedules 1-4):

    A planning permit is required to construct or extend an outbuilding on a lot if the outbuilding exceeds 10m2 in size and/or the maximum height exceeds 3m above ground level. This only applies on a lot of less than 500m2.

  • Low Density Residential Zone:

    A planning permit is not required for the construction of an outbuilding pursuant to the zone. However, a planning permit may be triggered by an overlay that affects your property.

  • Residential Growth Zone:

    A planning permit is required to construct or extend an outbuilding on a lot if the outbuilding exceeds 10m2 in size and/or the maximum height exceeds 3m above ground level. This only applies on a lot of less than 300m2.

  • Rural Conservation Zone:

    A planning permit is required to construct an outbuilding associated with a dwelling if the outbuilding exceeds 100m2.

Step 3: Check what overlay(s) applies to your property and refer to the below information:

Overlays

A planning permit may be required to construct or extend a shed, garage or carport (outbuilding) if your property is located within the following overlays:

  • Heritage Overlay (All schedules)
  • Design and Development overlay (All schedules)
  • Special Building Overlay (All Schedules)
    Please note: A permit may not be required to construct or extend a shed, garage or carport (outbuilding) in the Special Building Overlay (Schedule 2) if the floodplain management authority has agreed in writing that the flow path is not obstructed.
  • Environmental Significance Overlay (Schedules 2, 4 and 5)
  • Land Subject to Inundation Overlay
  • Public Acquisition Overlay
  • Bushfire Management Overlay
    Please note: A planning permit is not required to construct an outbuilding that is less than 100m2, ancillary to a dwelling and not used for accommodation, in the Bushfire Management Overlay.
  • Significant Landscape Overlay (Schedule 1)
    Please note: A planning permit is not required to construct or extend a shed, garage or carport (outbuilding) in the Significant Landscape Overlay (Schedule 1) if the structure is less than 6m in height above ground level.

Step 4: Other Considerations

  • If your dwelling is part of a unit development, you will require a formal amendment under secondary consent or Section 72 to construct or extended a front fence.
  • Please note a covenant or Section 173 Agreement may apply to your title and can prohibit or restrict certain developments on your property.
  • If your zone or overlay is not specified above, please call Development Planning on 9490 4222 for further information

Step 5: Information Required for Planning Applications

The following information is required when submitting a planning application:

  • property details and existing conditions
  • proposed site, floor and elevation plans
  • a current copy of title (obtained within the last 3 months) - purchase a current copy of your title at LANDATA
  • a demolition plan (if applicable)
  • an arborist report on the impact to existing or neighbouring vegetation (if applicable)
  • a response to the relevant ResCode standards found in Clause 54 of the Banyule Planning Scheme for projects with outbuildings, low impact dwelling extensions and front fences.

Step 6: How to Apply