Planning permission for fences: How high can a fence be without planning?

wooden garden fence around a container garden
(Image credit: Simon Burt)

Establishing if you need planning permission for fences is a smart idea for this routine landscaping task. You don't want to be caught out and be faced with taking it down. 

A key element of landscaping design, boundary treatments such as fencing help to shield outdoor spaces from overlooking and poor weather, help define the boundaries of our gardens, as well as keeping small children and pets safe from busy roads. 

Amy Reeves

Assistant Editor Amy began working for Homebuilding & Renovating in 2018. She has an interest in sustainable building methods and always has her eye on the latest design ideas. Amy has interviewed countless self builders, renovators and extenders about their experiences for Homebuilding & Renovating magazine. She is currently renovating a mid-century home, together with her partner, on a DIY basis, and has recently fitted her own kitchen.