How to Choose the Right Height for Your Fence

When installing a new fence on your property, one of the main things to consider is its height. Whether it’s for privacy reasons or aesthetic appeal, the height can have a big impact on your surroundings (and that of your neighbours).

That’s why we have put together this fencing height guide on how to choose the right height of fence, which includes some helpful information and hopefully some inspiration too. 

Do I Need Planning Permission for my fence?

As a rule of thumb, you can install a fence of 2M (approx. 6.5ft) in height in your back garden or 1M (approx. 3.2ft) in your front garden without the need for planning permission. However, there are stipulations for fences over 1M next to public roads, in the grounds of a listed building or form a boundary with a neighbouring listed building. In these instances, or if there are any prior property conditions in place, planning permission is required.

It is also worth noting that local councils can set individual guidance on fence installation, so when in doubt, it is best to discuss it with your local authority.

Consult Your Neighbours About Your Fence Height

Even once you have determined where you stand with planning permission, it is a good idea to inform your neighbours about a proposed new fence. If your fence is substantial, it may affect the light of an adjoining property. Understanding the impact a taller fence may have on a neighbouring boundary can reduce the likelihood of a dispute later. Hopefully, by being transparent before any work begins, you can reach a compromise all parties are happy with. 

What Type of Fence Do I Need?

The purpose of your fence often determines how high it needs to be.

  • Boundary fence height – A fence to designate a boundary line can vary between 3ft-6ft in height
  • Privacy fence height – If you want to keep the enclosed area as private as possible and prevent anyone peering over, then you will require a fence that is 6ft or higher
  • Decorative fence height – Some fences are simply to improve the aesthetic appeal of your garden and may vary in height
  • Livestock fencing/animal enclosure height – To keep animals enclosed, you ought to install a fence of around 3ft

Don’t Forget About Fence Posts

It is important to know that the taller your fence, the more vulnerable it is to adverse weather conditions such as high winds. Ensure you dig a hole for your fence posts of at least 2ft to give your fence stability.

Choosing the Right Fence Height: Final Thoughts

We hope this piece has helped you with how to choose the right height of fence. Remember that Richards Fencing are fencing specialists and can help with any questions you might have.


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