Rules around garden fences can be bamboozling. How high can you have a garden fence? Do you need planning permission for a garden fence? Are you allowed to add trellis to the top of a garden fence? We’ve tried to simplify things to help you better understand the rules, so read on to find out more!
How high can a garden fence be?
In the UK, if your garden fence in either your front or back garden is adjacent to a road, footpath or a public highway, then it can be no more than one metre high. If your fence in either the front or back garden is not adjacent to a road or footpath, then the maximum height it can be is two metres.
Do I need planning permission for a garden fence?
You do not need to apply for planning permission for a garden fence providing you keep within the allowable height limits. However, if you live in a conservation area, or in a house that has historical value, you will need to check with your local authority for any type of work that you want to carry out on your property, including outside.
If you rent a property, you will always need to check with the landlord before erecting or making any changes to a fence.
Lastly, we always recommend talking to your immediate neighbours before making any changes to fences, as a new or higher fence may have an impact on them and the amount of light that they get in their garden. Plus it’s the neighbourly thing to do!
How high can my garden fence be with trellis on top?
Adding trellis to your garden fence is a good way to add a layer of security and improve your garden’s privacy without making it feel too confined. Trellis allows extra light to flow into your garden and can be less offensive to neighbours.
The legal height for a fence as mentioned above must always include the height of your trellis. So, a fence with a trellis topper must not exceed the two metre limit. If you want to go higher than this, you will need to apply for planning permission.
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