how high can a fence be

Planning permission for a fence or wall

You do not need planning permission to erect a new one or alter, maintain, improve or take down an existing fence, wall or gate. However, the following conditions must be adhered to:

  1. There must not be any listed buildings on the site.
  2. There must not be any listed buildings on your neighbour’s property if the wall/fence is your boundary wall.
  3. Your rights to erect or alter walls/fences must not have been removed by an article 4 direction or planning condition.
  4. If you are in a conservation area you should check with your local council regarding any demolition/removal.
  5. Your fence or wall must not be any higher than set out below.


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How high can a fence or wall be without planning permission?

  • A garden wall or fence should not exceed 2 metres (from ground level) without planning permission.
  • However, if the wall in question fronts a highway (or footpath next to a highway), the wall or fence should not exceed one metre.


Party fence wall

In addition to planning consent, you should also check whether the wall in question falls under the remit of the Party Wall etc. Act. If the garden wall is classed as a ‘party fence wall’, and depending on the type of building work you intend to carry out, you must notify the adjoining owner of the work in respect of the Party Wall etc. Act 1996.

Wooden fences or wooden fences with concrete posts are not party fence walls under the Party Wall etc. Act 1996.

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