Do I need planning permission for my fence?
15th February 2016
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Are you looking for a new fence but are worried about planning permission? Here are some tips for your new fence...

So do you need planning permission for a fence? The short answer is Maybe.

It depends on the height of the fence, the proximity of roads and your relationship with your neighbours. If you follow height regulations, you can likely put up a fence up to 2m in height without any problems.

There are different rules for conservation areas and for listed properties – if you have purchased a heritage or 'at risk' property, it is possible that you will not be able to make any changes at all.

How High Can a Fence Be?

Planning permission is generally required if the fence is higher than 2 metres – and potentially as low as 1 metre if the fence is by a road. You can also apply for retroactive planning permission if your fence accidentally exceeds regulations, or if another person can raise reasonable objections. But remember that this may not be successful.

You are not generally obligated to have or maintain a fence, although it is the norm in our society. If you are planning to put up a fence, it's advisable to talk to your neighbours. While it isn't a legal matter, a chat at the right time can save a heap of trouble.

Planning Permission

Building a fence is one of those areas where it's definitely better to seek permission than forgiveness. If you don't get a permit and your planning application is rejected, the council can, and likely will, order your fence to be taken down. Housing authorities can be incredibly strict, especially if there have been several infractions and they want to make an example of someone.  

Sticking to height rules might not help if you are feuding with your neighbours, or if they have a ‘reasonable’ reason to disagree with your alteration.

However you can generally repair or replace a fence if it will be the same height and bulk as a pre-existing fence that has been in situ for a number of years.

For help choosing a new fence, call Bloxwich Fencing on 0500 506041 or pop into their showroom on 639 Bloxwich Road, Walsall, WS3 2BQ.

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Alex M

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My name is Alex Murray. I am passionate about what goes on in and around Walsall. I hope you find my blog to be interesting and thought provoking. Please feel free to give me your feedback.

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