Heritage Fencing

Heritage fence
Fencing is one of the most important elements in the presentation of your house. 

The design of your fence should complement the style of your house. This can be achieved by building your fence of materials and colours that relate to the materials and colours used in the house.

Fence design and colours change with different architectural periods and styles. If you are lucky enough to have early photographs of your house, these might provide valuable clues for the original design of the fence that was built for your house.

Check the Electronic Housing Code for more details about whether you need to submit a Development Application before building or renovating your fence. 

Typical Fence Styles for the different heritage housing types and period buildings in the City of Botany Bay

Period

Building form

Style

Notes

Victorian

Terraces and Semi detached

Palisade Style

Detached Dwelling

Acorn Style Timber Pickets

Not all dwellings of this period had front fences of this type. The use of palisade fencing may also be appropriate in some cases

Federation

Terraces and semi-detached

Brick base and piers possibly with lateral railings, timber picket or timber railings

Detached and semi-detached dwellings

Brick base and piers possibly with lateral railings, timber picket or timber railings

Not all dwellings of this period had front fences and they should not be provided in areas or streets where they do not currently exist.

Interwar

Cottages

Brick pier and metal rail for brick dwellings or timber post and mesh for dwellings located in Daceyville Garden Suburb

Not all dwellings of this period had front fences and they should not be provided in areas and streets where they do not currently exist.

Social housing

Simply designed post and wire front fences and side fences.

Not all dwellings from this area had front fences and as such should not be provided in areas where they did not previously exist.

Californian Bungalows

Brick Piers with metal rail or mesh

Not all dwellings of this period had front fences and they should not be provided in areas and streets where they do not currently exist.

Post War

Detached dwellings

Brick Piers or no fence

Not all dwellings of this period had front fences and they should not be provided in areas and streets where they do not currently exist.