Hedges


Hedgerows

For guidance on countryside hedgerows, visit the GOV.uk website.

It is an offence to remove or allow another person to remove a hedgerow without telling us. If you remove a hedgerow without permission, you may get an unlimited fine. You may also have to plant another hedgerow.

To remove part of a protected hedgerow you need to give us six weeks’ notice. You can do this by completing our application form - submitting the form is free. For more information, read our guidance document.

If a countryside hedgerow is being destroyed without permission, report it by using our online form. If you think someone has committed a crime relating to nesting wild birds or bats, you should ask for a wildlife crime officer to investigate by contacting Kent Police on 01622 690690.

High Hedges

There is no law restricting the height of a hedge, but if you have had an argument with your neighbour over the height of a hedge, there is advice on the GOV.uk website.

If the advice has not resolved the situation you can make a complaint to us as a last resort. You can do this by filling in our application form. There is a standard charge of £386 per hedge complaint. This is non-refundable and a particular result is not guaranteed.

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