Dividing Fences

A self-help kit about the law of building and maintaining fences between neighbours.

This kit is current at January 2017

A dividing fence is a fence on the common boundary between two pieces of adjoining land. The Neighbourhood Disputes (Dividing Fences and Trees) Act 2011 (Qld) provides a wide definition of the term ‘dividing fence’ and sets out that neighbouring property owners must contribute equally to the costs of building and maintaining a sufficient dividing fence, unless agreed otherwise.

This kit explains in detail the best way to approach your neighbour about the building or maintenance of a dividing fence, and what to do if you and your neighbour agree or disagree. It sets out how to apply to court for an order to build or maintain a fence, what documents are needed and what happens at the hearing. The kit also provides contact details of where to go for further assistance and sample documents.

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