High hedges

We have powers to deal with high hedges and the planning enforcement section are responsible for dealing with complaints under part eight of the Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003.

A high hedge is a line of two or more evergreen or semi evergreen trees or shrubs which are over 2m in height. Please not that any hedges or trees overhanging or obstructing the public footpath/highway should be reported to Network Management via the Call Centre on 01482 300 300. Individual trees or shrubs and groups of trees do not fall within council powers.


  • there is no requirement for all hedges to be reduced to a height of 2m
  • permission is not required for hedges to be grown above 2m
  • if you make a complaint your neighbour does not automatically have to reduce the height of the hedge. Complaints will be dealt with by considering all the available information
  • deciduous trees are not subject to this legislation
  • hedges cannot be removed entirely
  • uninterrupted light is not guaranteed under the provisions of the legislation
  • any damage to roots is a civil matter and is not dealt with by us

Access the GOV.UK - complaining to the Council about high hedges

How to make a complaint

Please complete the complaint form and return to -

Planning Services
2nd Floor
The Guildhall
Alfred Gelder Street

Alternatively email dev.control@hullcc.gov.uk

Please note that the fee required in respect of investigating such a complaint is £250 or £50 if you are receiving benefits.

If you need any help please email dev.control@hullcc.gov.uk

Alternatively telephone 01482 300 300.