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”.
  • 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?