Garden Fencing

Do I need planning permission for a fence around my garden?

published on 1 June 2023
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If you’re considering installing a new garden fence or replacing an existing one, you may be wondering whether you need planning permission. As one of Ireland’s leading garden fence manufacturers, we’ll discuss the factors that determine whether planning permission is required for a garden fence, the different scenarios you might encounter, and the regulations you need to be aware of. Let’s dive in!

Planning Permission for Garden Fences

In most cases garden fences do not require planning permission; they fall under the category of “permitted development.” However, there are certain limitations and considerations to keep in mind such as the following:

Garden Fence Height: The height of your garden fence is important. Any fence under 2 metres does not require planning permission in Ireland. However, if you are considering a front boundary fence there are restrictions stating that fences erected alongside a driveway can be a maximum of 1 metre or 3ft. Find out more here.

If you are planning to install a garden fence beyond these limits, we would advise you to seek planning permission. *Please note if you were considering adding a trellis on a garden fence of 2m you would need planning permission. 

Estate Rules and Local Authorities: Some housing estates or local authorities may impose additional guidelines for front boundary fences. Check with your homeowners’ association or local planning authority to ensure compliance.

Openness and Visibility: Front boundary fences are often subject to restrictions to maintain the character and openness of the neighbourhood. Fence designs that obstruct visibility may require planning permission.

Protected Structures and Conservation Areas: If your property is located within a conservation area, special rules may apply, and you should consult with the relevant authorities before erecting a fence to avoid any issues down the line such as having to take the fence down.

Boundary Ownership: The general rule in Ireland is that any boundaries between your neighbours land and your land are jointly owned. In the instance that you can prove outright ownership of the boundary, your neighbour may still have rights over that boundary. To avoid any unnecessary conflict between you and your neighbour we would seek advice. You can find further information on this here.

Planning Conditions: If you live in an area with planning conditions or restrictions, such as a designated area of outstanding natural beauty, you may need to seek planning permission regardless of what height your garden fence is. 

Listed Buildings: If your property is a listed building, any modifications, including fence installation, may require planning permission. Always consult with the relevant authorities for guidance to ensure you’re not breaking any laws. 

Agricultural Land and Highways: Different rules may apply to garden fences erected on agricultural land or adjacent to highways. Specific permissions might be necessary in order to so again we would advise seeking advice on this. 

Check guidelines before you install your garden fence

As we have established In most instances, homeowners in Ireland, do not require planning permission for garden fences. However, it’s essential to consider factors such as fence height, location, local restrictions, and the unique circumstances of your property. 

To be certain about your specific situation, we recommend consulting with your local planning authority or a professional for expert advice. At EliteGarden Products, we provide high-quality maintenance free metal garden fences that comply with regulations and enhance the beauty and security of your outdoor space. 
Contact us today if you would like further information on our fencing solutions for your garden.