Do Electric Gates Need Planning Permission?

Posted by Steve Jones 26/09/2017 0 Comment(s) Gate Automation,


Gates, the pillars or posts they are hung on, walls or fences are just part of your garden and driveway so they don’t need planning permission, right? Sometimes that’s true, but for the times when it’s not, you’re much better off finding out initially, than having to take down gates that have cost money to buy and install.


Here’s Linkcare’s guide to planning permission for electric gates.


Requirements for planning permission vary all over the country and can even change from one road to the next.

We would always advise that you check with your local planning office. They will happily tell you if you need planning permission for gates, pillars, fences, walls etc.

If you do not ask and go ahead with an installation where nothing existed before, you’re taking a big risk. If it comes to light that planning permission was required, you may be forced to remove your gates temporarily while an application is reviewed, or permanently if planning permission is refused.

Planning Officers take a very dim view of works carried out without permission when it is required.

In areas that are not in any sort of conservation area, it is unlikely that gates up to 2m high will need permission, however, some areas will restrict the type of gates installed.

Nevertheless, a quick call to the planning office will secure the correct advice, and gates should never be installed without checking. Even if you are initially denied permission, once you know why you can re-submit plans which address the original problem.


There are standards that can be achieved supposedly without planning permission. According to Homebuilding and Renovating’s website (

‘It’s worth knowing that Permitted Development facilitates the erection, construction, maintenance, improvement or alteration to a gate, fence, wall or other means of enclosure, providing such work accords with the following limitations:

The height would not exceed 1m when adjacent to a highway

The height would not exceed 2m for any other gate, fence etc

Such development is not permitted under PD around a listed building’

Substantial brick pillars may require planning permission depending on their size and particularly their height.


It’s not required, but talking to your neighbours when any building work is to be carried out helps keep everyone happy.

So always check with your local council. You’ll know if you’re in a conservation area or if your premises are listed but always check. A short phone call is much easier and less expensive than having electric gates installed and then having to rip them out.


If you have any questions about gates you plan t install, contact Linkcare on 01895 232 626.

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