High Hedges

High Hedges Legislation

The High Hedges Legislation forms part of the Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003, (Part 8) High Hedges (Appeals) (England) Regulations 2005 (SI2005/711) and it came into force on the 1st June 2005.

  • It gives us the power to tell owners and occupiers of domestic properties with high hedges to reduce the height of those hedges, if height of it is adversely affecting a neighbour. The hedges would have to affect the neighbour's reasonable enjoyment of their property by forming a barrier to light and access.
  • It only applies to complainants in domestic properties, not commercial occupiers. But residents can complain about hedges in commercial properties.
  • We have to decide whether the height is adversely affecting the neighbour.
  • It can only require reduction in height, not complete removal.
  • The owner or occupier of the property can be served/made to take action if it is considered necessary.

Page last updated: 20/02/2019