High Hedges

The High Hedges Act 2013 aims to provide a solution to the problem of high hedges, where neighbours have been unable to resolve the issue amicably. The Act gives home owners and occupiers a right to apply to the relevant Council for a high hedge notice but neighbours must attempt to resolve the dispute themselves first with recourse to the Council being a last resort.

The Scottish Government has also issued guidance to all Local Authorities to assist with implementation of the Bill and legislation.

Local Guidance (PDF) has also been prepared to help explain the process and give you guidance on all reasonable steps that must be taken prior to making a formal application under the Act.

Potential applicants may wish to make contact with ourselves to discuss a possible application  Should you wish to receive informal advice please contact Stuart Dale (Planning, Enforcement Officer) on 01343 563280.

Making an Application for a High Hedge Notice

The relevant High Hedge Application Form (PDF) should be completed.  The application must be accompanied by the appropriate fee and will not be accepted until this has been paid.

Please send completed forms, fee and accompanying plans/documentation/photos to development.control@moray.gov.uk. Alternatively, by post to: Development Services, The Moray Council, PO Box 6760, Elgin Moray IV30 9BX.

An application should only be made once all pre-application procedures have been completed and where you consider that the height of a high hedge situated on land owned or occupied by another person adversely affects the enjoyment of your domestic property.


Contact Us

Development Management
Economic Growth & Development
The Moray Council
PO Box 6760, Elgin
IV30 9BX

0300 1234561


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