13 Jun Fencing Legal Limits
Legal limits for fencing
Although a seemingly simple task, setting up garden fencing may or may not need planning permission. Whether this is the case or not depends on certain factors, you will need planning if;
- Your fence is over 1 metre and will be next to a road or a foot path.
- Your fence is over 2 metres not bordering a road or a footpath. An example of this is usually a back garden or a house that is in a secluded area.
- If any part of the property is listed (e.g a property that is entered into the nationals heritage lust for England).
Although these steps may seem easy and simple to understand, there can be loopholes that can cause your fence to be rejected by the council. For example when building a 2 metre fence the trellis may make it slightly taller. This exceeds the 2 metres allowed without planning permission in a back garden and therefore permission must be applied for to avoid complaints.
Prior to applying for planning permission
Before applying for planning permission, it can be a good idea to have an informal chat to you neighbours. When the plans are processed a stage is opened where neighbours can object to the fence. Finding out of they have any objections first hand allows you to make compromises and adjust plans to something you both agree on so the plans haver a higher chance of being successful.
If planning permission comes back and a fence is built despite no approval the council, from the day the fence is constructed they have four years to provide notice to take it down. This means that although there may be nothing said for a while, it is within their rights to do so even at a later date.
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