What Is The Maximum Fence Height For A Front Garden?

  • Find out how high you can have your front garden’s fence.
  • Learn about the laws behind garden fences.
Fence in front garden

It’s almost that time of year again – the time when homeowners start doing bits of DIY outdoors and putting up or painting fences.

Garden fences don’t need to become a complex subject matter. There are very few laws about what you can or can’t do with the garden of your home. You shouldn’t need to request planning permission or start arguing with your local council over something as simple as a fence.

Basic fence laws

Any fence that is under two metres in height does not require planning permission. Many websites will tell you that two metres is the maximum height for a garden’s fence, but this isn’t quite true.

You can have a fence that is over two metres in height, but you would require to get a permit for it. Which is why companies that sell fences keep their heights under two metres, to avoid getting caught in any crossfire should the property owner not know about the fence regulations.

However, there is a difference between the allowances for the back garden and the front garden. While back gardens can happily have two metres fences, your front garden is only eligible for a fence that has a height of one metre.

Luckily, houses with driveways that are dipped down from the pathway will benefit from some natural added height to their fences. This isn’t always the case, but it can be a wonderful cheat to a situation where you’re only allowed such a small fence at the front of your property.

maximum fence height for a front garden
Blue flowers bloom over a white garden fence.

Can I have a fence over two metres?

You can. In fact, you can actually erect a fence that is 100 metres high – as long as you have permission to do so. Though we are unsure who would ever need a fence that high or how you would go about putting that in.

See Also
painting your neighbours fence

You’ll need planning permits, to say the least. But we find that two metres is plenty of privacy for anyone putting up a new fence around the borders of their home.

Is this fence mine or my neighbour’s?

A difficulty that new property owners have is figuring out if the existing fence is their fence or not. This happens with older properties where small wire fences are used to mark the line between properties.

Typically, you should be able to see on the documents for your home where your property border is. If that fence is within your property border, it’s yours. If your neighbour put it up, you’re well within your rights to request that they take it down or move it back to their property line.

When in doubt, you can request assistance from your local council, who’s county recorder or assessor’s office will have access to maps of your home and its surrounding area. These maps will include property boundaries.

© 2020 renovated.co.uk. All Rights Reserved.

renovated.co.uk is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.co.uk. Amazon and the Amazon logo are trademarks of Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates.