In 2005 the government granted powers to local planning authorities in England and Wales to control the height of hedges affecting residential properties.
The legislation covers all evergreen and semi-evergreen hedges.
Concern about a neighbours hedge
Read ‘Over the Garden Hedge’ (PDF) which explains how to settle any differences with your neighbour without involving the council.
This process must be followed before a complaint can be made to the council.
Making a complaint
Before making a formal complaint to the council read High Hedges: Complaining to the Council (PDF).
If you still wish to make a formal complaint to the council download and complete the High Hedges Complaint form (PDF) with reference to the guidance notes.
There is a fee of £320 payable to make a formal complaint to the council.