Do I need approval?
You will not need approval if the proposed fence or gate meets the relevant development standards for exempt development.
The NSW government's Interactive Buildings tool can be used to check if your proposed development is exempt.
Check for exempt development with the NSW Interactive Buildings tool
If the proposal doesn't qualify as exempt development, you may be able to apply for a Complying Development Certificate or a Development Application.
Can my neighbour make me pay for construction of a dividing fence?
The NSW Dividing Fences Act 1991 addresses how the cost of a dividing fence is shared between owners. Councils have no role to play.
Dividing fences information from the NSW Department of Justice
What about swimming pool fencing?
Pool fencing does not normally need development consent but is subject to separate pool safety requirements.
Can I apply for a Complying Development Certificate?
A Complying Development Certificate may be issued for a fence or gate in the R2, R3, R4 and E4 zones if the proposal meets the relevant development standards. Use Council's Shire Maps to identify the zoning of your land.
You can use the NSW Electronic Housing Code to check whether your proposal is complying development in the R2, R3 and R4 zones.
The development standards for complying development in the E4 zone are in Sutherland Local Environmental Plan - Schedule 3.
Find out more about applying for a complying development certificate
If the proposal doesn't qualify as complying development, you will need to lodge a Development Application.
I need a Development Application. What do I do?
Council may grant development consent for a fence or gate if the proposal meets the relevant planning controls.
You can view the planning controls for dwellings and ancillary development in Sutherland Shire Local Environmental Plan 2015 and Draft Sutherland Shire Development Control Plan 2015.
Zoning Certificate 149(2)
Zoning Certificate 149(2)(5)
Complying Development Certificate
Development Application - Minor Alterations and Swimming Pools