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How High can a Garden Fence be?

Posted on March 12,2021 by Charlie Stimpson.

Garden fences are an important part of our hard landscaping within our gardens and around our properties. Not only do they mark our garden boundaries and make our properties and driveways look smart, they are also an important defence against unwanted intruders into our garden.

In terms of security, most people want their garden fencing to be as high as it possibly can, but it’s important to be aware that when it comes to garden fence height, there are rules that you need to follow.

What is the maximum height for a garden fence?

As a general rule, if your fence does not front a road – as is often the case for back gardens in a mid-row of houses – your fence can be no higher than 2 metres. This includes any trellis topper that you add to the top of your garden fencing.

You will find that most garden fencing in the UK is no higher than 2 metres, and this is a good height for both privacy and security. If noise is a factor in your garden, you can also extend the feeling of privacy and seclusion further by installing a specialist noise absorbing fence.

When is planning permission required for a garden fence?

If you’re looking to install garden fencing which is higher than two metres, then you will likely need planning permission to install such a high fence.

Similarly, if your fencing fronts a road – for example, as the boundary of a front garden, or if your property is the last on the street with a road running parallel to your garden – then you will usually need planning permission for any garden fence which is higher than one metre.

It’s worth noting that planning permission isn’t just limited to fences that front a road; any fence running alongside a footpath or public highway that is more than one metre high will require planning permission.

Similarly, if you live in a conservation area or listed building, you will need to apply for planning permission for most work you wish to carry out. It is therefore worth checking whether amendments to your garden fencing need planning permission before any work takes place.

Looking for garden fencing contractors for your next fence project? Contact D&G Fencing.

If you’re ready to install new garden fencing, D&G Fencing can help. We can discuss whether planning permission for your garden fence is required, and of course lend our expertise as garden fencing contractors. For fencing projects in Brentwood, Upminster or Hornchurch, get in touch to see how our expertise and advice can help.