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All the UK garden planning laws you need to know to avoid £20k fine


Checking the boundary will not only save a lot of hassle with angry neighbours, it could also save people a lot of money.

However, should those who own the fence wish to modify it, they need to get planning permission before they do so. If this isn’t done, it could cost them around £20,000 in fines.

The maximum height for a garden fence in the UK is two metres and if you want to build it higher, you will need to acquire planning permission before doing so – failure to get it could lead to a £20,000 fine.

If you find out that the fence you want to make a change to is owned by your neighbour, you’ll need to ask for their permission before making any changes to it.

This includes both structural and cosmetic changes such as raising the height, replacing a fence panel, repairing any holes, hanging items from it and painting or staining it. 

Other little-known gardens that could result in £20,000 fines include tree removal and pruning if done outside the boundary, and making sure hedges are no higher than two metres.

This isn’t the only example of a fence coming in with a heavy cost, in the past, there have been examples where people have had fences built that they didn’t even want.

One woman was left “appalled and shocked” when she found out her neighbour was building a fence even after she had asked them not to.

The maximum height for a garden fence in the UK is two metres and if you want to build it higher, you will need to acquire planning permission before doing so – failure to get it could lead to a £20,000 fine.

If you find out that the fence you want to make a change to is owned by your neighbour, you’ll need to ask for their permission before making any changes to it.

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