Complain about a high hedge

What the Council can do

Under Part 8 of the Anti-Social Behaviour Act, the Council has the power to exercise control over high hedges by investigating complaints made by the public. This means the Council can decide whether or not the hedge is adversely affecting the reasonable enjoyment or use of your property.

In doing so, it will consider:

  • your interests
  • the interests of the hedge owner
  • the interests of the wider community

As a result, the Council may:

  • require the owner of the hedge to reduce its height to a maximum of two metres
  • decide no action is required

The Council cannot require the hedge to be completely removed.