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If your land adjoins Melbourne Water freehold land, we may agree to reimburse half the cost of constructing an approved boundary fence. If we've already approved your quotes you need to apply to be reimbursed for fence construction:

Apply for reimbursement for fence construction

Have you been impacted by the Bunyip fire? See our Bunyip Fire Assistance page.



To apply for half-share fencing you must meet the criteria for proposed fencing materials and dimensions. If your property borders Crown land you will not be eligible for half-share fencing.

Fence types

We will pay for the following types of fences:

  • standard paling fences 1.6 or 1.9 metres high
  • farm fencing – rural areas only or where appropriate
  • chain mesh fencing – where appropriate

Note: the owner is responsible for the maintenance of fences.

We will not contribute to the cost of:

  • colorbond fencing
  • gates
  • capping
  • trellis
  • retaining walls
  • vegetation removal

Approval process

Documents required

To apply for half share fencing, you must provide:

  • a sketch plan with fence location, dimensions and length
  • minimum of two quotes from fencing contractors (we do not build fences)
  • photos confirming the condition of the existing fence
  • photos confirming the removal of vegetation alongside the fence

If we approve your application, our confirmation letter will specify the quote and contractor we have approved (usually the lowest quote supplied).

Please do not proceed with fencing works until you receive a confirmation letter from us.


The process takes up to 28 days to review your application and respond.

Incomplete applications may be delayed or returned requesting additional information.


There is a no fee for this service.

Contact us

If you need any help completing this application, contact us on 131 722.

Last updated:
14 November 2019