Planning permission for garden walls

When is planning permission required to construct a garden wall?

Planning permission is required to construct a garden wall in the following situations:

  • if the proposed wall is to be constructed next to a highway used by vehicles (including the footpath of any such highway) and it is to be over 1 metre in height; or

  • if the proposed wall is to be constructed elsewhere (for example, at the rear or at the side of a garden) and the proposed wall is to be over 2 metres in height; or

  • if the right to construct a wall has been overridden by an earlier planning condition; or

  • if the right to construct a wall has been overridden by an “article 4 direction”. An article 4 direction is a restriction made by a Local Planning Authority in accordance with its powers under the Town and County Planning Acts, specifically the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995, which restricts development rights which would otherwise be permitted. Those rights which would otherwise be permitted are known as “permitted development rights”; or

  • if there is a listed building on the land or if the proposed wall will fall within the curtilage of a listed building; or

  • if the proposed wall will form a boundary with a neighbouring listing building or its curtilage.

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For more information on:

  • Is planning permission required to increase the height of an existing wall?
  • Is planning permission required to remove a wall?
  • How do I apply for planning permission?
  • Is there anything else I should consider before constructing or removing a wall?