Dividing Fences

A dividing fence is a ‘sufficient fence’ that separates the land of different owners, whether on the common boundary of adjoining lands or in a line other than the common boundary.

The Dividing Fences Act 1961 regulates the erection and maintenance of dividing fences in WA.  The Act provides a process for sharing costs between neighbours, determination of boundaries and a mechanism for courts to deal with disputes over dividing fences.

The Act is managed by the Building Commission under the Department of Commerce, not the Shire of Dardanup.  For further information or contact details, please refer to the Building Commission website on dividing fences where you can  download their Dividing Fences – A Guide or phone them on 1300 489 099.

*Please Note:  Under the Act, the Shire (or Crown) is not liable to contribute to the costs of erecting or maintaining a fence that adjoins land owned by the Shire or the Crown.