If you have an issue with a neighbour’s hedge or high trees, you should talk to them about the problem and try to reach a mutually agreeable solution.
You could send a polite letter, or if this still doesn’t work, invite them to talk to independent mediators who can help you find a way forward. Find a Civil Mediation provider on the Justice website.
Complaining to the council about your neighbour's trees or hedges should be a last resort.
How much does it cost to make a formal complaint?
It costs £500 to make a formal complaint.
You will also need to show evidence of the steps you have taken to reach a solution.
We can only consider a complaint if the:
- person making the complaint is the owner or occupier of the property affected by the hedge
- property affected must be a domestic property
- complaint must be made because the height of the hedge is adversely affecting the reasonable enjoyment of the domestic property.
- must be growing on land owned by someone else
- (or a portion of it) must be made up of a line of two or more trees or shrubs
- It must be mostly evergreen or semi-evergreen
- It must be more than 2 metres tall
- Even though there may be gaps in the foliage or between the trees or shrubs, the hedge must be obstructing light or views
How to make a formal complaint
To make a formal complaint please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Page owner: Ben Hammond. Last updated: 09/08/2017 10:48