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The following steps will help you if you want to make an application for a Fencing Order at the Local Court.
Before you apply for a Fencing Order, you must serve your neighbour with a Fencing Notice and then wait one month. For more information, see
You can get copies of the application form from:
When you fill out the application form you should include:
For instructions on how to fill out the application form, see
Instructions on filling out an Application to the Local Court.
For an example of what a completed application might look like, see
Sample Application to the Local Court.
When you have finished filling out the form, you need to sign and date it.
You should make a copy of the completed form and keep it for your records.
You should attach a copy of the Fencing Notice to your application.
If it was not possible to serve a Fencing Notice on your neighbour, you may still be able to apply for a Fencing Order. When you fill out the application form, you should explain the steps you took to find and contact your neighbour. For more information on what you can do to find your neighbour, see
Finding your neighbour.
You do not need to send or attach a Fencing Notice if you are:
However, you will need to attach other information to support your application. For example, if you believe that urgent fencing work was necessary and that your neighbour should contribute to the costs, you should attach information explaining what happened and why the work was urgent. For more information, see
Urgent fencing work.
When you have completed the form, you need to file it at the Local Court nearest to you.
You will need to pay a filing fee of $102.00 (as at 1 July 2022). Check the list of current court fees on the Local Courts website.
Take the original and three copies. The court will stamp all the copies and keep the original. You will then have one copy to serve on your neighbour, one to keep for your records and a spare.
You must serve the application on your neighbour. You can do this by:
For more information, see Sheriff's forms and fees on the Office of the Sheriff website.
The Local Court will write the time and day that you need to be in court on the filed application. This will tell you and your neighbour the date and time the case is listed for 'mention' (the first court date) and which court you have to attend. For more information, see
If you need an interpreter, you should tell the court as soon as possible so that one can be arranged for the mention. The court will pay for the interpreter.