Do I have to treat my new timber fence or gate?

Most of our timber products are talanised (pressure treated) to protect against rot so do not need to be treated.

Tanalised or pressure treated wood tends to change colour over time, so if you wish to avoid this, applying regular treatment will help to maintain the condition of your timber. We would only recommend this after owning the fence for at least a year.

How high can the fence be around my property?

As a general rule of thumb, fences in rear gardens are allowed to be up to 2m high and fences in front gardens are allowed to be up to 1m where the fence meets a footpath.

Fencing height varies in different local authorities and is determined by the local planning policy so contact your local authority to check if you are unsure.

Does the ‘nice’ side need to be on my neighbour’s side?

The short answer to this is no. If you are responsible for the fence then there is no law that states your fence needs to be facing a certain way.

We would recommend that you have the battens facing inwards to your garden if the fence backs on to an alleyway or street to prevent people using them as a ladder to gain access to your property.

How do I find out if the fence is mine or my neighbour’s?

There is no general rule such as the fence to the left or to the right is yours. Your deeds should tell you who owns what and who is responsible for the upkeep of what fencing.

What can I do about my neighbour’s broken fence?

Regardless of the condition of your neighbour’s fencing, you are not allowed to do anything to it without their permission.

What you can do is to put up your own fencing alongside your neighbour’s fence on your own land, or use plants or shrubs to hide the fencing from view.

Still have questions?

If you have a question not answered here, please feel free to contact us on 01708 937 968 or and we would be happy to help.

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