Fences and gates make a significant contribution to the character of a street. Carefully designed fences help to integrate development into the existing streetscape, however, when poorly designed, they have the ability to unduly dominate and reduce opportunities for neighbourhood surveillance and social interaction.
Under the provisions of State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008, front fences may be exempt development, that is Council approval may not be required, if the specified development standards are met.
Front fences are not exempt development if they do not satisfy the exempt development standards or are installed on or adjacent to a heritage item or in a heritage conservation area. In these circumstances, a development application will be required.
Controls for front fences are specified in Part 5.3 of the Mosman Residential DCP. These controls include a maximum height of 1.2m above footpath level. Council may allow higher fencing in special circumstances, e.g. where the street carries high volumes of traffic and the fence is designed to act as a noise barrier.
Council has also produced a brochure and fact sheet on traditional fence styles in Mosman.