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The High Hedges (Scotland) Act 2013

The High Hedges Scotland Act is now in force. Householders can apply here for a Notice to be served on the owner of a high hedge that they consider to be blocking light to their property.

The High Hedges (Scotland) Act 2013 became effective on 1 April 2014. 

The purpose of the Act is to provide an effective means of resolving disputes where a high hedge is blocking light to a residential property. 

If you consider that there is a high hedge on nearby land that is blocking light to your property, you can apply for a high hedge notice to be served by the Council.  This should be used only as a last resort when other attempts to resolve it amicably with your neighbour have not been successful. 

The following link will take you to the Scottish Government's ePlanning portal where you can locate the relevant form under the heading Paper Forms.  Once completed email to Development Management for consideration.

The application fee is £404.00. 

The Scottish Government has also produced Guidance to Local Authorities which provides fuller information on procedures.