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Fences, gates and garden walls

Building Regulations: General Information

Fences, walls and gates do not require building regulation approval.

Although building regulations do not apply, the structures must be structurally sound and maintained.

Garden Walls

If the garden wall is classes as a 'party fence wall', and depending on the type of building work you intend to carry out, then you must notify the adjoining owner of the work in respect of the Party Walls Act etc 1996. This does not include wooden fences.

Garden and boundary walls should be inspected from time to time to see if any repairs are necessary, or whether a wall needs rebuilding. Such walls are amongst the most common forms of masonry to suer collapse, and they are unfortunately one of the commonest causes of death by falling masonry. Your insurances may not cover you if the wall has been neglected.

Besides the general deterioration and ageing of a masonry wall over the years, walls may be a ected by:

An increase in wind load or driving rain if a nearby wall is taken down.masonry wall over the years, walls may be a ff ected by: Felling of nearby mature

Felling of nearby mature trees or planting of new trees close to the wall.in wind load or driving rain if a nearby wall is taken down. Changes leading to

Changes leading to greater risk of damage from tra ffi c. c.

Alterations, such as additions to the wall or removal of parts of the wall e.g. for a new gateway.Changes leading to greater risk of damage from tra ffi c.

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Safe heights for walls of dierent thicknesses

You are advised to seek expert advice on the safety of any wall which exceeds the height limits given below for your area of the UK.

In very sheltered situations and where piers have been used taller walls may be acceptable.

where piers have been used taller walls may be acceptable. Zone 1 Zone 2 Zone 3

Zone 1

Zone 2

Zone 3

Zone 4

 

Max.

 

Max.

 

Max

 

Max.

Wall

Wall

Wall

Wall

Thickness

Height

(mm)

Thickness

Height

(mm)

Thickness

Height

(mm)

Thickness

Height

(mm)

½ Brick¹

525

½ Brick¹

450

½ Brick¹

400

½ Brick¹

375

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1 Brick²

1450

1 Brick²

1300

1 Brick²

1175

1 Brick²

1075

1½ Brick³

2400

1½ Brick³

2175

1½ Brick³

2000

1½ Brick³

1825

100mm

 

100mm

 

100mm

 

100mm

 

Block

450

Block

400

Block

350

Block

325

200mm

 

200mm

 

200mm

 

200mm

 

Block

1050

Block

925

Block

850

Block

775

300mm

 

300mm

 

300mm

 

300mm

 

Block

2000

Block

1825

Block

1650

Block

1525

1 = 100mm; 2 = 215mm; 3 = 325mm.

Disclaimer

This is an introductory guide and is not a de nitive source of legal information.

This guidance relates to the planning regime for England. Policy in Wales may dier. If in doubt contact your Local Planning Authority.

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