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Fence Planning Permission

Fence Planning Permission

In all circumstances you are required to apply for planning permission if you wish to put up a new fence, wall or garden gate at your property.
You do not need to apply for planning permission to take down a fence, wall or garden gate, or if you want to alter, repair or improve your fence, wall or garden gate – so long as its height remains the same. If you want to increase the height, you will need to apply for planning permission.

Planning permission for fences, gates and garden walls

Planning permission is likely to be more difficult to obtain, if:

  1. Your wall is over one metre high and next to a highway used by vehicles, or a footpath next to a highway, and 2 metres high when not next to a highway.
  2. Your right to put up a fence or alter fence has been formally restricted by an article 4 direction or any other type of planning condition.
  3. Your house is a listed building, or located within a conservation area.
  4. Your new fence, wall or gate, or any other boundary, affects a neighbouring listed building.

In the case of listed buildings, it is a criminal offence to put up any wall, fence or gating where listed building consent is required. We strongly recommend that you consult with your Local Planning Authority prior to undertaking any work in this case.

Planning permission is not required to create a hedge. However, you do need planning permission if your hedge is likely to obstruct a drivers sight, or if it prevents further planting. If you are unsure, we recommend you contact your Local Planning Authority.

Building regulations

Fences, walls and garden gates do not require building regulation approval. However, it is strongly recommended that any erected wall, gate or fence is done so to a high level of professionalism. By this, we mean that you should take the necessary steps toward ensuring that any erected wall, fence or garden gate is structurally sound, and of a maximum height and thickness so that it presents no danger to the public.

For more information on fences, gates and garden walls, please visit The Planning Portal.


The information contained within this article is strictly for guidance only.  Cost2Build recommends that you always check current sources of information in case regulations have changed. Cost2Build cannot accept any liability for miscommunication of the law in the case of a change in regulation or any action done to a property based on the information held in this article.

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