Having problems with your neighbours?

Need a new fence? Neighbour's tree damaging your property? Too much noise coming from next door?

Find out what to do in the Neighbours, housing and the environment topic on the Find Legal Answers website.group of houses

Where do I start?

Neighbours and the law is an easy to understand guide to the different areas of law that are involved in neighbourhood issues and disputes. It covers areas that commonly cause problems between neighbours including dividing fences, retaining walls, overhanging branches, animals, and noise.

If you want a new fence, start by looking Representing yourself - Fences, a step-by-step guide to dividing fences, boundary disputes and retaining walls. Topics covered include building, fixing or replacing a fence, talking to your neighbour, what happens if you if you cannot agree, fencing orders, what happens after the decision, boundaries, and retaining walls. 

Barking dogs, loud music and car alarms are common things that neighbours may have disagreements about. Find out the steps you can take if you have a dispute with your neighbour about noise in Representing yourself - Noise. The guide has information about noise restrictions, how to talk to your neighbour about noise, making a noise complaint, applying for a noise order, responding to a noise complaint, and responding to a noise order. It also includes forms and step by step guides to making applications.

The Law handbook chapter on Neighbours covers dividing fences, fencing agreements, fencing orders, boundaries, encroaching buildings, trespass, entry of water, access to neighbouring land, noise, animals, trees, privacy, land use, objections, and nuisance.

Need more?

Find out what to do if you have a dispute about trees or hedges on your neighbour’s land from the NSW Land and Environment Court.  

Community Justice Centres can help you resolve your neighbourhood dispute quickly and for free using mediation. 

Looking for legislation?

The Dividing Fences Act 1991 and the Trees (Disputes Between Neighbours) Act 2006 are available on NSW Legislation.

Find more information 

There's a wealth of information in the Neighbours, housing and the environment topic - scroll down the list to find links to information about neighbours, planning, renting and housing.

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