High hedges

About the High Hedges Act (Scotland) 2013

The High Hedges Act (Scotland) 2013 came into force on April 1st 2014.  It is intended to provide an outcome to the problem of high hedges where neighbours have not been able to resolve the issue. It provides an independent assessment of a high hedge that may interfere with the reasonable enjoyment of domestic property.

Before applying for a High Hedge Notice the act requires that you take all reasonable steps to resolve the matter yourself and that you have had regard to the guidance issued by the Council.

Download the guidance for high hedge applications (PDF, 237KB)

Apply for a high hedge notice

If you have been unable to resolve a high hedge matter with the hedge owner and you have followed the steps in the Council guidance you can apply for a high hedge notice.

To apply for a notice you will need to complete an application form which you can download from the Scottish Governments ePlanning website.

Completed forms have to be returned with accompanying documents to the postal address below.


The appropriate fee must be submitted with the application. The scale of fees is £350 - basic high hedge application.

Where there are multiple applicants an additional £100 per each additional property to be assessed is required.

Where the hedge is in multiple ownership of more than 6 owners an additional fee of £100 is required.

  • Application by a registered disabled person - no fee
  • In case of hardship at discretion of Head of Service - no fee
  • Where additional reports are required such as wildlife survey - at cost

Download the full scale of fees, including information regarding refunds (PDF 15.98KB) 

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