I bought a property 5 years ago and very naively removed all the hedgerow and erected a fence with concrete posts and gravel boards. I had no idea of law or needing permission for fences etc I live on a corner property and the front fence is around 4ft high and the side which runs alongside a public path is just over 7ft. Of course since doing this I have found that I needed Planning permission. This was an honest and stupid mistake. I have read about a 4 year rule where councils can't take action after this period. Is this true in respect to fences? Any help would be much appreciated!
The time limits quoted by the planning authorities are below, so it seems that 4 years will be sufficient, although you might want to wait for 10 before testing it to be super cautious (unless you need to sell or have some other reason to apply for the LDC now):
• four years for building, engineering, mining or other operations in, on, over or under land, without planning permission. This development becomes immune from enforcement action four years after the operations are substantially completed • four years for the change of use of a building, or part of a building, to use as a single dwelling house. Enforcement action can no longer be taken once the unauthorised use has continued for four years without any enforcement action being taken • 10 years for all other development. The 10 year period runs from the date the breach of planning control was committed
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