Fencing

Dividing fences

Fences that divide private properties sometimes cause disputes between neighbours.

The Neighbourhood Disputes (Dividing Fences and Trees) Act 2011 is the law that governs disputes about fences and trees. It is a Queensland state law and disputes are decided by the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT).

Logan City Council has no authority to deal with disputes about fences and trees.

It is always best to resolve any issues about fences or trees directly with your neighbour, without involving mediators, lawyers or QCAT. It will be quicker, cheaper and more beneficial for you and your neighbour if you can resolve the problem yourselves.

Find out more about avoiding disputes about fences on the Queensland Government website.

Unresolvable issues

If you can't resolve issues about fences or trees with your neighbour a Queensland Government Dispute Resolution Centre may be able to help with mediation. To contact the South Queensland Dispute Resolution Centre call 07 3738 7000.

To contact QCAT call 137 468.

Dangerous fences

Some types of fences are considered dangerous and their use is restricted. The following information sets out where you can use this type of fencing.

Barbed wire fences

In some areas barbed wire fences are considered dangerous and are not permitted. A barbed wire fence is dangerous fencing if:

  • it directly borders a park and the barbed wire is less than 2m above ground level
  • it is on premises in a zone where barbed wire fences are not allowed under our planning scheme.

In Logan City, barbed wire fences are only allowed in these zones:

  • Low Density Residential Zone
  • Rural Residential Zone – Cottage Rural Precinct or Park Living Precinct
  • Rural Zone – Farming Precinct.

Razor wire fences

A razor wire fence is a dangerous fence and is prohibited in all parts of Logan City.

Electric fences

In some areas electric fences are considered dangerous and are not permitted. An electric fence is dangerous fencing if:

  • it directly borders a park
  • it is not properly installed or operated (in line with Australian Standard 3014: 2003 Electrical Installations – Electric Fences)
  • it is on premises in a zone where electric fences are not allowed under our planning scheme.

In Logan City, electric fences are only allowed in these zones:

  • Low Density Residential Zone
  • Rural Residential Zone – Cottage Rural Precinct or Park Living Precinct
  • Rural Zone – Farming Precinct.

An electric fence is not dangerous fencing if it is used for animal husbandry, crops or intensive animal management as defined in our planning scheme, unless the fence directly borders a park or is not properly installed and operated (in line with Australian Standard 3014: 2003 Electrical installations – Electric Fences).

Electric security fences

In some areas electric security fences are considered dangerous and are not permitted. An electric security fence is dangerous fencing if:

  • it directly borders a park
  • it is not properly installed or operated (in line with Australian Standard 3016: 2002 Electrical Installations – Electric Security Fences)
  • it is on premises in a zone where electric security fences are not allowed under our planning scheme.

In Logan City electric security fences are only allowed in these zones:

  • Centre Zone
  • Community Facilities Zone
  • Low Impact Industry Zone
  • Medium Impact Industry Zone
  • Mixed Use Zone
  • Specialised Centre Zone.

For more information or to report dangerous fencing call us on 07 3412 3412 or email council@logan.qld.gov.au.

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