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If you’re thinking of constructing or replacing a new set of garden gates, the rules are very much the same as garden fencing. It all comes down to the height of your gate, and the location of the property you live in. Let's look at some of the key considerations and assess whether your garden gate project requires some pre-planning.


Does your garden gate measure two metres in height (or below) from ground level?

If the answer is yes, the height of your fence is spot on. There’s no need to obtain planning permission in this instance. Having said that, if your property is located next to a highway used by vehicles or a public footpath, it must not exceed one metre in height from ground level. Should you wish for the gate to be higher, you will need to seek permission from your local authority.


Do you live in a listed building or within the curtilage of a listed building?

If you do, no matter the height of your garden gate, you will need to apply for planning permission.


Do you live in a conservation area?

The Planning Portal states that if you are to replace a garden gate with a height of one metre or more if next to a highway or public footpath, or a height of two metres or more elsewhere, you will generally need planning permission (also known as conservation area consent). If you’re unsure whether you live in a conservation area, you can check with your Local Planning Authority.


Have you had your right to put up or alter fences, walls and gates removed by an Article 4 direction or a planning condition?

If the answer is yes, you’ve guessed it, you will need to go back to the drawing board and get consent from your local authority prior to installing your new gate. Despite planning permission being one of those tedious tasks, failure to adhere to regulations can result in a rather lengthy and costly battle with the council. So, in this instance, it’s better to be safe than sorry.


Where can I obtain planning permission?

You can do so by filling in an application via the National Planning Portal; bear in mind you will be required to pay a fee but this can be calculated using their Planning Portal calculator.


Does the same apply for building regulations?

The installation of new gates will not require building regulation approval, however, it is important to make sure the structure is secure and sound. It is advised you carry out a full inspection to ensure it is suitable for your plans, and avoid the potential risk of injury to yourself and members of the public.



Please note: that whilst this information should be used as a guide, for the most accurate and up-to-date information relating to planning issues in your area, please speak directly with the planning department within your local council.



Where can I purchase new garden gates?

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