Do I need approval?
You will not need approval if the proposed fence or gate meets the relevant development standards for exempt development:
Use Council's Shire Maps to identify the zoning of your land.
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 in the R2, R3 and R4 zones but is subject to separate pool safety requirements. Changes to NSW planning law in July 2017 mean that pool fences need development consent in all other zones.
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.
You can access the NSW Complying Development Codes 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 Sutherland Shire Development Control Plan 2015.
The NSW Department of Planning and Environment has a useful guide to the DA process.
Planning Certificate (2) Only
Planning Certificate (2) and (5)
Complying Development Certificate
Development Application - Minor Alterations and Swimming Pools