High hedges

About the High Hedges Act (Scotland) 2013

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

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 to the right of this page.


Submit the appropriate fee with your application. 

£350 for a basic high hedge application, plus

  • £100 per property to be assessed if there are multiple applicants.
  • £100 if the hedge has more than 6 owners.

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 additional reports are required, such as a wildlife survey.


100% refund 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 comply with pre-application requirements.
  • a High Hedge notice is served on a Council-owned hedge. 

50% refund you withdraw the application within 28 days of the application being registered.

There is no refund if you withdraw the application after 28 days.