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What is the maximum allowed height of garden fencing?

fence heightThe problem of the height of a fence is a daunting one with different people preferring different heights. Someone may ask why should the height be a concern? Here is why, many people have had disputes over this issue, however, small it may seem. This now brings us to the prevalent question which many people may ask, whats the maximum allowed height of garden fencing?

The general recommended legal height of the fence is 6’6” or two meters. However, you can build or create your fence up to any height more than 2 meters, upon being granted planning permission by the relevant UK authorities at your local land registry offices. Without the permission, you are only allowed a fence up to 6’6”. At the front yards of the house, the authorities will require you to have an up to 4 ft. fence, which is 2 feet lower than at the back of the house. If it is 50 percent or more solid, then the fence is limited to 3feet. The fence must be of suitable material that is a non-hazardous material.

Legal issues may arise concerning the height of the fence because of the impact the fence may have on the surrounding properties; does the fence deprive light to the properties surrounding it-Especially when the windows of the neighbor are close to where you want to erect your fence. Does it grow such that it may tamper with the neighbor’s property on either side? Does it pose any danger that cause accident or hurt neighbor’s property?
Most legal issues of fencing are defined in the building and construction regulations, some are under planning law and others under case law. It should also be noted that the highway Act 1980 gave the Local Highway Authority the duty to ensure the safe use of the public highway and the same section deals with the problems of injurious toppings on fences and walls that are so low that they could easily injure a person simply walking along the public pathway. This mostly applies on lands adjoining to the highway. Most of English law, however, depends on the reasonableness of the problem on the table- justice about everything legal. It’s interesting because any structure being erected cannot be demolished or removed unless there is something questionable or very odd happening.

Going with general saying about consequences, there is a consequence on everything you do either on your surrounding environment and/or your neighbor’s, even the height of your fence as we have seen. It, therefore, implies that serious discussions are supposed to be held by the concerned parties before putting up the structure. Check with planners and your neighbor’s first to avoid any conflict that may result from the same.

When you are thinking of fencing your garden, first of all research on what kind of a fence you want to put up. This will be a good ground for you to learn about the heights too. A life fence may not be the same with that made of bricks. A life fence may need to be trimmed once in a while so as to avoid its extending to your neighbors which may cause conflicts. For further information and help visit our Birmingham Fencing Home Page, we would love to help you with any information related to height of fencing.

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