6ft back garden fence

6ft back garden fence

Do I Need Permission - Ask An Expert I am taking my old 4ft fence down and putting up a 6ft back garden fencce but my neighbour is objecting to it. can they do that. What are the means of redress?
Question Posted By – Esnat In Area – West Central Scotland

  1. Do I Need PermissionDo I Need Permission07-20-2014

    Hello Esnat.

    There are really 2 parts to this, planning permission wise as long are you meet the following criteria for fencing below you will not require planning permission.

    •The wall or fence is lower than 1 metre.
    •The wall or fence does not exceed 2 metres in height and is more than 20 metres away from the road or back from the principle elevation fronting the road (if less than 20 metres).
    •Replacing like for like.
    •You do NOT live in a conservation area.
    •Your property is NOT a listed building. (Not sure if your property is listed?

    However you may find that the fence between you and your neighbour is a shared fence. Shared responsibility for maintenance. In this instance you would require agreement with your neighbour.

    Note there is nothing stopping you fitting a 6ft fence in front of the original fence located within your property boundary although you would very slightly reduce your garden size.

    Thanks for using Do I Need Permission.

  2. Mike HydeMike Hyde07-22-2014

    Hello Esnat

    As was said above, you do not need to apply for planning permission provided that the height of any new gate, fence, wall or other means of enclosure to be erected or constructed would exceed two metres above ground level, unless the gate, fence, wall or other means of enclosure is within 20 metres of a road, then the maximum height is limited to one metre above ground level.

    When you are replacing an existing gate, fence, wall etc. you cannot exceed the former height or the height referred to above, whichever is the greater. This means that you could replace a 4’ (1.2m) fence that is more than 20 metres from a road with a 6’ (1.8m) fence without needing planning permission (provided that you do not live in a listed building) .

    The only catch can sometimes be that even if the fence in question is in the back garden, it can sometimes still be within 20 metres of a road.



  3. EsnatEsnat07-23-2014

    Thank you very much for your comments. It has been very helpful.

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