Apply for permission

Under the Hedgerow Regulations 1997 (SI No. 1160) it is against the law to remove most countryside hedgerows without permission.

Before undertaking any works, you must gain permission. Please submit a hedgerow removal notice to the Council’s Trees and Landscape Team:

Application Form – Hedgerow Removal Notice

If Somerset Council deny the removal of an important hedgerow, they must let you know within 6 weeks.

If you remove a hedgerow without permission, you may face an unlimited fine, and may have to replace the hedgerow.

View decisions

To view decisions about hedgerow removal please visit our Landscape and planning page.

We welcome and encourage applications submitted:
Application Form – Full Planning Permission

Last reviewed: November 6, 2023 by William

Next review due: May 6, 2024

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