Disputes involving dividing fences are the most common disputes dealt with at the Dispute Settlement Centre of Victoria. The rights and responsibilities of the parties are contained in the Fences Act.  

Ballarat Justice Service Centre

206 Mair Street
Ballarat VIC 3350

Tel: 4301 7000


Dispute Centre Vic
Half-Cost Fencing

Council will consider sharing the costs where the City of Ballarat is the freehold owner of the adjoining land.  Council will consider sharing costs in accordance with the Fencing Act 1968 on the repair or replacement of adjoining fences.

For any queries on half cost fencing with land believed to be owned by Council, please contact Councils Property Department on 5320 5500

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To determine ownership of adjoining property assumed to be Council owned, please forward your request along with contact details and your address via eServices.

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To determine ownership of adjoining property which is assumed to be privately owned, please download and print the Request for Property Owner Details for Fencing Purposes form below and send the completed form to Customer Service by post to PO Box 655, Ballarat 3353 or in person to the Phoenix Building, 25 Armstrong Street South, Ballarat.