Help! I’ve Fallen Over My Garden Fence! – How To Move A Fence


Fences keep gardens beautiful and tidy. But sometimes they need to be moved, whether you are looking to change the landscaping of your garden or deal with damage from weather or pests. It’s a good idea to get professional help if you’re nervous about moving your fence yourself – but reading this article will give you a good idea of what’s involved.

How to move a fence

Moving a fence can be quite the challenge, but with a solid plan, some tools and a little patience, you can move your fence from one place to another without much hassle.

Before we get started with moving the fence itself, there are some other things that need to be taken care of first. The most important thing is to make sure that all materials needed for building or repairing are available before starting work on moving a fence. This includes wood planks and nails or screws if you need them, otherwise they’ll just take up space while they wait in your shed until next time!

Once everything is ready and all materials are collected together it’s time for us (the authors) to start building our new wall out of balsa wood blocks so we don’t have any problems later down when we go looking for help after falling over into someone else’s garden accidentally during dusk which is when most accidents happen because visibility isn’t very good then – especially if you’re blind like Jimi Hendrix was…

A quick tutorial

So, you’ve fallen over your garden fence. What do you do?

If it’s a fence belonging to the council or another public body, you could be in for an unpleasant surprise. Although it doesn’t always happen, there is a possibility that the authority in question may decide that any work done on its land requires planning permission. This means either applying for that permission or finding out whether there are any restrictions on what can be done before proceeding with the job.

If the fence belongs to a neighbour who has given their consent (or if they have died), then good news! You don’t need any sort of planning permission so long as:

  • Your neighbour doesn’t object and hasn’t objected within 28 days since receiving notice from you that you intend carrying out works on their property; or
  • There isn’t a scheme which controls development relating specifically to fencing and gates on your street or estate area

If neither of these conditions apply then yes – no problem!

By-laws – does the council own your property?

There are different types of ownership, including:

  • The council owns the land
  • The council owns the footpath
  • The council owns the road
  • The council owns the pavement.

You can check with your local authority to find out whether you own any part of your property or not.

Disputing ownership of a fence

Moving a fence without permission is not legal, but before you get all up in arms, let’s look at some of the other options available.

It is possible to move an existing fence if you have permission from both parties involved. This is usually done by creating new posts and re-using some old posts in different locations (i.e., moving them). If you want your neighbour’s permission for this, then it might be worth asking if they would be willing to share costs with you so that neither party pays more than 50% for anything extra that needs doing as part of this work. If they agree, then there will be no problem with moving the fence entirely as long as both sides are happy with where it ends up being placed!

Your neighbour’s fence on your land

If you have a fence dividing your property from your neighbour’s, there are some things to think about before deciding whether or not to move it.

Firstly, you need to get permission from your neighbour before moving the fence as they might want their side of the garden to look different. If they say no, then you will need to leave things as they are and consider other options such as putting up signs saying “Private Property” etc.

Secondly, if you do manage to persuade your neighbour that moving the garden fence is a good idea then there will be costs involved in doing so which could include payment for having an electrician come and install new lights on either side if necessary (in order for them not being able to see into each others’ gardens anymore).

Thirdly/finally: In order for any sort of work involving fences around here being done properly at all times requires qualified tradesmen who hold insurance cover protecting both themselves AND anyone else involved in such projects (i.e., neighbours may well include baby sitters looking after children whilst parents go out shopping during working hours).

Your fence on their land

  • You must get permission from your neighbour before you start work.
  • Check what the local council’s by-laws are regarding fences and boundary lines. If a fence is not within the boundaries of your property, then it may be unlawful to put up one on the other side of that boundary line if it means encroaching on to another person’s property.
  • The local council will tell you what they need you to do in terms of fences and boundary lines, including whether they need any permits or consents from them before anything can happen.

Going to court about the ownership of a boundary

You can find a lawyer, who will help you to make your case.

You will need to prove that the fence was there before the land became yours and that it has been used as a boundary line for at least 20 years. If you have a survey map or plan showing where the fence is and how it was built, this can help to prove ownership of the land. You should also take photographs or measurements of where the fence is now so they can be used as evidence in court.

If you win, then your neighbour must remove their section of fencing from your property. If they do not move it within three months after being told by an inspector what needs to be done, then they may have to pay some money towards any legal costs incurred by either party during these proceedings (this could be thousands).

If you are considering moving your garden fence you should have at least some idea of what’s involved from this blog!

If you are considering moving your garden fence, regardless of whether it is a wooden, wire or plastic fence, there are a few things you should check first.

  • First of all check with your local council for any by-laws that may apply to this type of project. Most councils will require fences to be set back from footpaths and roadways in certain areas. If these rules apply to your situation then consider how much work has already gone into creating the current design and whether it would be better simply to continue with what’s already there rather than start again.
  • Next check who owns both sides of the land where the fence is located. If one side belongs to one person and another belongs to another person then this can cause problems when trying to carry out any changes such as moving or replacing an old wooden garden fence with something newer such as metal piping painted white instead!


Hopefully you’ve learned a lot about moving your fence from this blog. If you are considering moving your garden fence, please do as much research as possible to make sure it is the right decision!

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