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Do I need planning permission?

Gates, fences, walls etc (for a house)

If you want to erect, improve or alter a gate, fence, wall or other means of enclosure in the garden of your house, you may need planning permission. 

If your proposed development falls into any of these categories, you will need planning permission:

  • any part of the resulting gate, fence, wall or other means of enclosure would be greater than two metres in height;
  • any part of the resulting gate, fence, wall or other means of enclosure would be greater than one metre in height where it
    • fronts a road
    • extends beyond the line of the wall of the principal elevation or side elevation
    • that is nearest a road
  • it replaces or alters an existing gate, fence, wall or other means of enclosure and exceeds whichever is the greater of the original height or the heights described above
  • the gate, fence, wall or means of enclosure would be within a conservation area (to check the conservation areas within South Lanarkshire please see our conservation areas page)  
  • the gate, fence, wall or means of enclosure would be within, or would bound the curtilage of a listed building  (information on listed buildings is available from www.historicenvironment.scot)

If your development doesn't come into any of the above categories then you do not need to apply for planning permission. 

Internal walls

If you want to build or remove an internal wall within your house, you do not need planning permission to do so.  However, you must contact Building Standards as you may need a building warrant. If you live in a listed building and want to carry out works to your property including removing or building an internal wall, you may need listed building consent.

If you need planning permission or listed building consent you can do this on the ePlanning Scotland website. If you live in a council house you should contact your local housing office.

See also: Definitions - curtilage, principal elevation and road.