From 1 June 2005, new government legislation enabled people to take their complaint about a neighbour's evergreen hedge to their local authority.
This legislation covers hedges that are:
Beech and Hornbeam hedges are excluded.
For further advice on the types of trees covered by the high hedges legislation, please contact Development Control.
We will only become involved when the parties concerned have tried and exhausted all other means of resolving the hedge dispute.
There are two leaflets to help:
When we receive an official high hedge complaint, our role is not to mediate or negotiate between the complainant and the hedge owner, but to adjudicate whether, in the words of the Act, “the hedge is adversely affecting the complainant’s reasonable enjoyment of their property.”
We must “take account of all relevant factors and must strike a balance between the competing interests of the complainant and hedge owner, as well as the interests of the wider community”.
Under the legislation we:
If the complaint is well-founded, we can issue a formal notice to the owner of the hedge, which sets out what they must do to the hedge to remedy the problem and by when.
Either party has a right to appeal against its terms to the Secretary of State. Failure to carry out the works required by us is an offence that could lead to a fine of up to £1,000.
A fee of £265 must be paid when the High Hedges Complaint is submitted. For pensioners and those on certain benefits this fee is reduced to £25.
To make a high hedge complaint download and fill in the High hedges complaint form and guidance notes document. The guidance notes will help you.
Communities and Place
Derby City Council
The Council House