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Fencing Height Restrictions?

Hi, can anyone tell me if there is a height restriction on fences please? I always thought it was six feet but after having a friendly chat with a neighbour, (regarding another neighbour) they seemed to be under the impression that you can 'do what you like on your own land'  Surely if this was the case, we would all be plunged into darkness! image 



  • steephillsteephill Posts: 2,814

    Fence heights are a local planning matter so check with your local council planning dept. Generally 2 metres is regarded as standard.

  • hogweedhogweed Posts: 4,053
    It may also be in your missives. I am in Scotland and we are allowed a fence height of 6 feet. Any higher and we need planning permission.
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  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,857

    There can be lower limits on front fences too so check your house deeds for any covenants and also the local council for local rules.

    Generally speaking, fence panels are sold in 2m/6' heights which is a bit of a clue to the normal height allowed for boundary wall, hedges and fences.


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  • barry islandbarry island Posts: 1,818

    Of course if the neighbour wants a hedge he can have it whatever height he chooses.

  • MuddyForkMuddyFork Posts: 435

    If the fence is within 3 metres of the highway you can only put up 1 metre high fence without planning permission.  I'm currently trying to get the necessary permission.

  • LoganLogan Posts: 2,532
    Barry island there is a limit to how high a hedge should be but I think the people and their neighbour's don't know. It was in the gardeners world mag once.image
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,358

    Yes - fence heights depend on where they're being put up - ie what's bordering them. You can also replace an existing rotten fence with the same height but 2metres  (6 feet 6 inches) is the usual maximum.  As Steephill says - contact local planning for the correct details.

    Hedges are a different matter entirely.

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • barry islandbarry island Posts: 1,818

    I've seen hedges on boundary lines 20 foot high I'm sure no one wants that problem.

  • MuddyForkMuddyFork Posts: 435

    There are laws applying to evergreen hedges that came about because people were letting Leylandii grow too tall.  Deciduous hedges can be allowed to grow to any height.  

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,998

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

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