The High Hedges Act (Scotland) 2013 came into force on 1 April 2014. It helps when neighbours cannot resolve problems with high hedges. 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 you must
- take all reasonable steps to resolve the matter yourself with the hedge owner
- read our guidance for high hedge applications - PDF
Apply for a high hedge notice
Complete an application form and return with accompanying documents to the high hedge notice address.
Submit the appropriate fee with your application. £350 for a basic high hedge application, plus £100
- per property to be assessed if there are many applicants
- if the hedge has more than 6 owners.
There will be no fee
- for an application by someone registered disabled
- in the case of hardship, at discretion of the head of service.
You must cover the cost where more reports are required, such as a wildlife survey.
100% refund will be given when
- it is clear that the application is incomplete or does not relate to a hedge, or you withdraw the application before the application is registered
- we dismiss the application under section 5 for failure to follow pre-application requirements
- a high hedge notice is served on a Council owned hedge.
We will refund you 50% if you withdraw the application within 28 days of the application being registered.
There is no refund if you withdraw the application after 28 days.