Fence Rules: A Guide To Your Rights And Responsibilities

Two neighbours talking over garden fence
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Fence rules are not as straightforward as you might think. "Is that my fence on the left or the right?", "Do I need planning permission for a new fence?" are both key questions homeowners commonly ask. 

A fence determines the boundary between your home and neighbouring properties. So you need to make sure that you know which side you are responsible for and maintaining (whether that's replacing broken posts or painting your fence). 

Steve Jenkins

Steve Jenkins is a freelance content creator with over two decades of experience working in digital and print and was previously the DIY content editor for Homebuilding & Renovating. 

He is a keen DIYer with over 20 years of experience in transforming and renovating the many homes he has lived in. He specialises in painting and decorating, but has a wide range of skills gleaned from working in the building trade for around 10 years and spending time at night school learning how to plaster and plumb.

He has fitted kitchens, tiled bathrooms and kitchens, laid many floors, built partition walls, plastered walls, plumbed in bathrooms, worked on loft conversions and much more. And when he's not sure how to tackle a DIY project he has a wide network of friends – including plumbers, gas engineers, tilers, carpenters, painters and decorators, electricians and builders – in the trade to call upon.