Soakwells, Tanks, Fences and Retaining Walls

Please note, where a building permit is required for a fence, retaining wall or water storage tank, go to Building applications and forms to find out how to apply for a permit.

Soak wells

Storm water discharge from buildings must be diverted away from structures and contained on site within the lot boundaries.

Soak wells may be required for some dwellings and most industrial sites at the rate 1m3 of soakage per 65m2 of impervious surface or catchment.

Some locations within the Shire are serviced by Shire’s drainage infrastructure. For more information please contact us.

Water storage tanks

Construction, erection assembly or placement of a water storage tanks with a capacity of more than 5000 Litres are required to have a building permit.  

Retaining walls

Retaining walls that retain more than 500mm high are required to have a building permit.

Neighbours written permission is required if accessing adjoining property.

The following forms can be downloaded from the Department of Mines, Industry Regulations and Safety website:

  • BA20 – Notice and request for consent to encroach or adversely affect                 
  • BA20A – Notice and request for consent (response notice): Protection structures, party walls, removal of fences, access to land.

Walls, fences and dividing fences

Boundary fencing are governed by the Dividing Fences Act 1961.

A dividing fence is any wall, fences or similar structure located on or near a common boundary or adjoining land or on a line other that the common boundary.

A building permit is required for a fence exceeding 1.2 metres in height from the natural ground level within three (3) metres of the front boundary of any lot.  

If you are a property owner and are constructing a dividing fence, you should know your obligations and responsibilities under the Act.

The Shire does not administer the Act but can provide advice if required, practically of the definition of a sufficient fence for a zone within the Shire for the purposes of the Act. Please direct any dividing fences disputes to the Department of Mines, Industry Regulations and Safety.

See also: Dividing Fences Guide.

More information and contacts

For more information please contact us.

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