High Hedges Guidance
The Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003 deals with high hedges and
became law in Wales on the 31st December 2004.
This gives the council power to take a complaint from a householder
about a high hedge which is affecting the enjoyment of their
property. It also allows the council to require that the hedge be
reduced and maintained at the reduced height.
A booklet outlining details on the following can be downloaded
from the bottom of this page explaining:-
- The type of complaint that can be investigated
- The cost of making a complaint
- Timescale involved
- The appeal process
- Examples of hedges and hedge maintenance
- Questions and answers on the law
Making a High Hedge Complaint
The following conditions must be met in order to make a
complaint. The hedge is:-
- On another persons property
- Made up of a line of two or more trees or shrubs
- Mostly evergreen or semi-evergreen
- Over 2 metres high
- A barrier to light
- Adversely effects your living accommodation or garden through
loss of light
The council can only accept a complaint as a last resort and you
will have to show that you have tried to resolve the problem with
the hedge owner. You should have taken the following steps:
- Made every effort to resolve the situation yourself
- Tried talking to the hedge owner or occupier of the
- Sent a letter to the hedge owner of the property to try to
resolve the problem
- Informed your neighbour of your intention to complain to the
- If these requirements are met a complaint can be made.
The fee for investigating a complaint is £320. This is payable
before the council undertakes any investigation of the complaint
and is non-refundable. If you require more information, contact us
Baglan Energy Park,
ODPM Guidance Notes
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Last Updated: 22.07.2009 at 16:16