Cutting the tall stories down to size
Exposing some of the myths about the legislation.
- the legislation does not require all hedges to be cut down to a height of 2 metres
- you do not have to get permission to grow a hedge above 2 metres
- when a hedge grows over 2 metres the local authority does not automatically take action, unless a justifiable complaint is made
- if you complain to your local authority, it does not follow automatically that they will order your neighbour to reduce the height of their hedge. They have to weigh up all the issues and consider each case on its merits
- the legislation does not cover single or deciduous trees
- the local authority cannot require the hedge to be removed
- the legislation does not guarantee access to uninterrupted light
- there is no provision to serve and Anti-social Behaviour Order (ASBO) in respect of high hedge complaints
If you need further information then please contact (020) 8825 6600 and raise a Service Request for the Enforcement Team to respond.
Pages in High hedges
- High hedges
- You are here: Cutting the tall stories down to size
- What powers does the council have to help me?
- How can I engage my neighbour in reducing the height of their hedge?
- Involving the council should be your last resort
- How do I make a formal complaint?
- Do I need to pay a fee to the council?
- What happens after I have made a complaint to the council?