Gate Ornaments

If you want to erect ornamental gateposts on your property, you should bear in mind that they follow the same planning rules as fences, walls and gates. This means that you will need to apply for planning permission to install new ornamental gates. However, if you are simply improving your current gates, you do not need to apply for planning permission, so long the height of the gate does not change.

Erecting new ornamental gates

Planning permission is required if you plan to install new ornamental gates on your property – this is the same for other means of enclosure including fences and walls. Planning permission approval may be more difficult to obtain if:

  1. Your ornamental gate is over one metre high, next to a footpath or highway, and more than two metres high anywhere else.
  2. Your right to erect a means of enclosure has been removed under an article 4 or other planning condition.
  3. Your house is listed or in a conservation area.
  4. Your gate is likely to affect neighbours and disturb boundaries.

Ultimately, planning permission is granted in the vast majority of cases where gates are concerned. So long as your ornamental gate does not negatively impact its surroundings and is not obsessively high, the Local Planning Authority are usually happy to stamp approval.

Removing ornamental gates

You do not need to apply for planning permission if you are removing ornamental gates. You will also not need to apply for planning permission if you are replacing your gate, so long as its height does not increase. If the replacement ornamental gate is likely to exceed one metre high if next to a footway or two metres high if not, you may need to apply for planning permission.
We recommend you consult with you Local Planning Authority to determine the best course of action. For more information on ornaments and ornamental gates, please visit The Planning Portal.


The information contained within this article is strictly for guidance only.  Cost2Build recommends that you always check current sources of information in case regulations have changed. Cost2Build cannot accept any liability for miscommunication of the law in the case of a change in regulation or any action done to a property based on the information held in this article.

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