Finding the right fence for your property can take some time. You want to ensure that it complements the style of your home, or even improves the aesthetic of your property as a whole. Between looking at profiles, colours and design ideas, it’s important that you make time to understand the particular fence requirements in Gold Coast.
Before your fence contractors get to work installing your new boundary, you need to ensure that you will have a legal fence. The last thing you want is to end up having to remove your fence, or worse again, have to pay a fine for not complying with the fence requirements all Gold Coast residents have to abide by.
When it comes to the Gold Coast fencing requirements, there are three main areas that you need to pay close attention to.
1. Improved Security: A fence that is being installed for security purposes should clearly define the boundary of your property and clearly highlight where the entry to your property is.
2. More Privacy: Your new fence can be considered a ‘legal fence’ if it’s purpose is to reduce the noise in your outdoor space and give the outdoor recreation areas of your home more privacy.
3. Better Air Circulation: Installing a fence that will improve airflow or protect your property from strong winds meets the fence requirements for Gold Coast.
4. Increased Safety: In Gold Coast, fencing that will keep your pets or young children from wandering off is accepted.
5. Clearly Defines Space: Hiring fence contractors to install a boundary that will help to define your outdoor spaces such as parking spaces, play areas or outdoor entertainment areas is considered a ‘legal fence’.
Where you position your fencing will have an impact on how it will be utilised. For example, a fence that is installed on your boundary line shows where your property starts and ends, while a fence that runs across the top of a low wall provides additional security for your home.
Although it’s not legally required, official fence requirements in Gold Coast have certain recommendations in place for homeowners. If you are considering installing a fence behind some existing plants or shrubs, or you are planning to plant in front of your fence after it has been installed, you should take this into consideration. Installing the fence 600mm inside the property boundary will create enough space to allow for a low maintenance planting bed which can help to make the fence more visually appealing on busy roads while also adding more screening.
On the other hand, if your property is above street level, privacy will be less of a concern as it is more difficult for people to see into your home from below. In this instance, fence contractors may suggest a fence constructed with posts and adding shrubs or planting inside the fence for added privacy and to improve the aesthetic. Remember in this case, there are some restrictions you might need to ask your fencing contractor about in terms of the overall height of the fence, combined with the additional height that the fence reaches above ground level.
Once the function of the fence and the location have been decided on, the next step is to give some thought as to what materials you want to use. Some of the most popular Gold Coast fencing materials are timber and steel due to both their versatility and their pleasing aesthetic.
When choosing a material and finalising your fencing design, be sure to keep in mind that, depending on your final design, you may need a permit for building work.
If your fence will be more than 2 metres in height above ground level or it will be more than 1.2metres high in the waterfront setback area, a permit will be required. Some materials are more restrictive in terms of how high they can be built but this is something definitely worth keeping in mind. Check with your local council to be certain of the current requirements.
To ensure that you have a legal fence on your property, it’s always best to check with your fencing contractor. They will have the most up-to-date information regarding the fence requirements in Gold Coast and will be able to recommend a popular Gold Coast fencing style that will work well for your property while also satisfying the local rules and regulations.
With more than 30 years of experience in the fencing industry, our team at Amazing Fencing is always up-to-date with the latest developments and permit requirements. Get in touch with us today and we can give you the assistance you need to get your fence installed as it should be.