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Neighbours and the law

by Nadine Behan
2nd edition, published by the Legal Information Access Centre (LIAC), State Library of New South Wales, 2017

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

The State Library of NSW acknowledges the contribution of The Francis Forbes Society for Australian Legal History which made the publication of this book possible.

Copies of this book are also freely available in the Find Legal Answers Tool Kit at your local public library.

The book can be purchased from the Library Shop.

Online updates

Chapter 8 Trees and plants and Chapter 9 Noise, smells, smoke and garbage were updated in October 2019 to reflect changes to the law.


Neighbours and the law by Nadine Behan. Published by the Legal Information Access Centre (LIAC), State Library of New South Wales.

The laws contained here are those that apply in New South Wales as at 1 January 2017. While every effort has been made to ensure the information is up-to-date and accurate, it is not a substitute for legal advice. Use this book as a guide only and wherever possible get legal advice for your particular problem.

© Library Council of New South Wales, 2017. Material contained herein may be copied for the non-commercial purpose of study or research subject to the provisions of the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth).