- What is the high hedge legislation?,
- Can I make a complaint about my neighbour's hedge?,
- Is there anything I need to do before I can make a complaint?,
- How do I make a complaint?,
- Will it cost me anything to make a complaint?,
- I am not sure my hedge falls within the legislation, will the council come and look at if for me anyway?,
- I have a tall evergreen hedge but I do not want to cut it. What can I do?,
- Where can I find out more about the high hedge legislation?,
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What is the high hedge legislation?
- The high hedge legislation is used to help resolve disputes between neighbours regarding high hedges.
- If you have a neighbour who has a high hedge you may be able to complain to the council about it.
- The council then carry out an independent assessment to decide whether the hedge needs to be reduced in height or not.
- If the hedge does need a reduction the council can issue a remedial notice requiring work to be done to the hedge.
- If your neighbour fails to carry out the required works the council can take enforcement action if necessary.
Can I make a complaint about my neighbour's hedge?
The high hedge legislation only covers certain hedges. The list below shows what the hedge must be like to be considered by the council:
- The hedge must be made up of a line of two or more trees.
- The hedge must be predominantly evergreen (it must keep its leaves all year round).
- The hedge must be at least 2m in height.
Is there anything I need to do before I can make a complaint?
- Before the council can consider a complaint you must have tried to negotiate with your neighbour.
- You should try talking to your neighbour about the hedge first.
- If this is not successful try writing to your neighbour.
- The council accept copies of written letters as proof of negotiation.
- The booklet 'Over the garden hedge' provides tips for negotiations:
- If negotiations do not work you could think about making a formal complaint to the council.
How do I make a complaint?
Download and fill in a complaint form:
Alternatively, contact the Tree Section:
Will it cost me anything to make a complaint?
Yes, Kirklees Council charge £150 for this service.
I am not sure my hedge falls within the legislation, will the council come and look at if for me anyway?
No, the council can only carry out site visits when a formal complaint is made.
I have a tall evergreen hedge but I do not want to cut it. What can I do?
- You should explain to your neighbour why you do not want to cut the hedge - for example it may be due to privacy issues, cost, or birds may be nesting in the hedge.
- You should try and reach an agreement with your neighbour about the hedge. This may mean cutting the hedge in a few months when you have the money, or reaching a compromise about a suitable height for the hedge.
- If you do reach an agreement it is a good idea for both parties to have a copy of the agreement to avoid people going back on their word.
- If it is not possible to reach an agreement it is likely your neighbour will make a complaint to the council if the hedge falls within the high hedge legislation.
- You will be given a chance to provide the council with your views regarding the complaint and why you want to keep the hedge at the current height.
- The council will then decide whether the hedge needs cutting.
Where can I find out more about the high hedge legislation?
Alternatively please contact the Tree Section who will be able to provide you with further advice.
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