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Birmingham City Council

High Hedges

Overview

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The High Hedges legislation requires everyone with a high hedge to consider the effect such hedges have on their neighbours.

You do not usually need permission to plant a hedge in your garden, but you now have a responsibility for looking after the height of the hedge so it doesn't block light to your neighbour’s property.


Essential Information
  • The legislation covers hedges:

    • consisting of a line of 2 or more trees or shrubs
    • where the hedge is made up mostly of evergreen or semi-evergreen trees or shrubs
    • where the hedge is more than 2 metres high and
    • where the hedge is blocking light or access to a residential property

    Examples

    • An example of a hedge covered by the legislation would be a row of six conifers, 4 metres high blocking light to the lounge window of a neighbouring house.
    • An example of a hedge not covered by the legislation would be a row of 5 metre high beech trees, that lose their leaves in the winter.
Frequently Asked Questions
    • Since 1st June 2005, the High Hedges legislation came into force under Article 8 of the Anti Social Behaviour Act 2003. If you have a hedge above 2 metres high you are required to ensure it does not block light, or cause a nuisance or loss of amenity to your neighbours.

    • You should initially approach your neighbour. You may also like to consider contacting a mediation service to try to resolve the matter between yourselves.

      You can contact us as a last resort after all other avenues have been investigated. If you submit a formal complaint to us you will need to provide evidence of all the steps you have taken to try to resolve the matter. If you don’t we will not be able to pursue your complaint.


    • You can make a complaint by using the formal complaint form. You will need to provide evidence of all the steps you have taken to try to resolve the matter so far. If you don’t we will not be able to pursue your complaint.

    • Yes. A fee of £350 is required when you submit your complaint.

    • There is no set time limit for us to decide on a complaint, as we must get a statement from your neighbour and visit the site. As a general guide however, a decision should take about 12 weeks.

    • If you haven't been able to find the information that you need then the link below will take you to a form that you can use to ask us further questions.

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