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High hedges on residential properties

If your neighbour's evergreen hedge is too tall, it may 'detract from the reasonable enjoyment of your home or garden', such as obstructing light or views.

The problem may be easily settled by trying to solve the issue or reach a compromise with your neighbour first. For more information on how to resolve neighbour disputes refer to GOV.UK. As a last resort you can lodge a complaint with us and you will need to provide evidence that you tried to solve the issue otherwise your complaint may be rejected.

If the property affected is a residential property and you are the owner or occupier, then Under Part 8 of the Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003, you can complain about your neighbour's evergreen hedge to us, but we will not act to mediate or negotiate on your behalf.

To justify your complaint the hedge must be:

  • more than two metres in height
  • growing on land owned by someone else
  • made up of a line of two or more trees/shrubs
  • mostly evergreen or semi-evergreen
  • obstructing light or views, even if there are gaps in the foliage or between the trees/shrubs

You must be:

  • the owner or occupier/tenant of the property affected by the hedge
  • the property affected by the trees must be residential

How to lodge a complaint

If we are to take formal action, you will need to complete an application form and submit a fee of £350 which is non refundable. Before completing this form, read the guidance contained in Over the garden hedge and High hedges: complaining to the council.

Your complaint will not be taken up if you don't fulfil all the criteria for the application.

High hedge complaint form (PDF)

There is no prescribed time limit for local authorities to make a decision on high hedge complaints. However, we aim to investigate and provide feedback to a complainant within three months of the complaint being registered.