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How High Can I Build My Garden Fence?

Posted on September 16,2021 by Charlie Stimpson.

The rules governing garden fences have always been difficult to understand. How high can they be? Do you need planning permission? Is it OK to put trellis or other deterrents on top? Here we explain the rules on garden fences to help you understand what you can and cannot do.

How high can a garden fence be?

If your fence sits alongside a road or footpath, it must not exceed one metre in height. Anywhere else and it can be two metres high.

Is planning permission required for a garden fence?

Providing you stay within the height limits, you won’t need planning permission for a garden fence. However, if you are situated within a Conservation Area, or live in a listed building or house of other historical value, then you will need to check with your local authority as to their individual rules on fencing.

If you live in rented accommodation, you’ll need to check with your landlord before putting up a fence, or making any changes to an existing one.

Always consider your neighbours when making any changes to a fence, particularly its height. Blocking light or views is not a neighbourly thing to do, so be as considerate as you can.

Can I put trellis on top of my garden fencing?

Trellis is a great way to add style to a garden fence and to brighten up a garden by adding climbing plants or hanging pots. It also enhances security too as well as improving privacy without making you feel blocked in.

As long as you remain within the legal heights, including the trellis, you won’t need planning permission. So if you are considering trellis from the outset, be sure to factor it in when ordering your fencing so that it’s the right height.

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