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Law and Rights of Garden Fencing

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While considering putting up a new garden fence you might not have considered checking for any laws as it seems illogical to have laws regarding fencing. But there are laws about fencing and you must consider them.

There is a common misconception about the permitted height of fence to be 2m because of misguidance by certain sites. According to law, fence could be up to 100m but WITH the proper planning permission. So no permission is required for garden fence of 2 meters or less.

Although this law seems simple, there is a twist in it. You even need to have planning permission for putting trellis on 2 meters fence but if you are growing plant on the fence and that exceeds the limit of 2 meters then its OK. But if support is provided to the plant to grow up the fence then technically the fence becomes higher than 2 meters which is not allowed.

Another simple but complicated issue arose when you are living in a house with garden having fence on each side. The issue is that who owns the fence and who is responsible for its repairs. There are some absurd answers to these issues. One being is that if you stand with house on your back, fence to the right is yours. This is complete nonsense and here law defines what seems logical. Law states that if fence posts on your land, you own the fence. This is similar to the case for ditch and hedge divided farms. Ditch must be dug on your land and mound of soil should be thrown on your own land. Similarly fence could be put up on your own land not on your neighbour’s.

Safety is another thing to be considered while fencing. If your Nottingham fencing borders a footpath or public passage, then fence should be safe for the persons walking alongside fence. Anything that could result in injury is illegal. For example barbed wire could come in contact with the people walking alongside and cause damage so it is not allowed. Some people think it a good idea to have smashed glass cemented on top of the fence to deter thieves but amazingly it is not allowed as well according to law as it might cause injury to the one trying to break into your house!!!!

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