Fees to be charged by Councils for hedge victims using the the High Hedges Law -

Our table was compiled in summer, 2006
Since then there have been some changes in fees so please check the council's website
A number reduced their fees in the early stages when they found that that they were not going to be swamped.
We have heard of a few, but not many, who have put up their fees. We still include the 2006 table for interest and comparison.


Some facts on fees as at 2006

"You will no doubt be very surprised to learn that South Derbyshire District Council are not charging ANY fee at all. The issue over which department should deal with the new high hedges legislation and what we should charge was discussed with councillors some months ago. With the available information at the time, members felt that the issue was more "nuisance" related and therefore decided to allocate the duties to Environmental Health (rather than Planning which most authorities appear to have done). As it was felt to be a nuisance issue it was considered unfair to charge for the service when a member of the public can complain about neighbours' bonfires / noise etc. without having to pay a penny. This decision was made on the proviso that the charge (or lack of) can be reviewed at any time should the new law become a burden on department resources. However, I would imagine that any charge imposed would be still relatively small in comparison with most other authorities" - Environmental Protection Manager - South Derbyshire District Council.

Very important general notes on what the Government says about fees, and about Government funding at the end of the table.

Tables showing figures so far known - English Councils, then Welsh Councils
(brief notes for hedge victims at end of tables)

Concessions are for recipients of means tested benefit unless followed by *. Starred concessions are also extended to all pensioners.

English Councils
see above note
Refunds for hedge victims
Coventry City Council 0   NO COMPLAINT FEE IS CHARGED
Newham London Borough Council 0   NO COMPLAINT FEE IS CHARGED
Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council 0   NO COMPLAINT FEE IS CHARGED
South Derbyshire District Council 0   NO COMPLAINT FEE IS CHARGED
South Tyneside Council 0   NO COMPLAINT FEE IS CHARGED
Staffordshire Moorlands District Council 0   NO COMPLAINT FEE IS CHARGED
Stoke-on-Trent City Council 0   NO COMPLAINT FEE IS CHARGED
Wolverhampton City Council 0   NO COMPLAINT FEE IS CHARGED
Kirklees Metropolitan Council 100 20 REFUNDABLE IF COMPLAINT UPHELD
Malvern Hills District Council 50    
Teignbridge District Council 99  
East Lindsey District Council 100    
Hartlepool Borough Council 100    
Kensington and Chelsea, Royal Borough of 100    
Leicester City Council 100 50  
Allerdale Borough Council 135   Complaint fee provisional (September)
Bexley London Borough Council 135    
Blyth Valley Borough Council 135    
Carlisle City Council 135    
Chichester District Council 135    
Fareham Borough Council 135 10*  
Greenwich London Borough Council 135    
Halton Borough Council 135    
Hambleton District Council 135    
Hull City Council 135 50  
Lincolnshire County Council 135    
Maldon District Council 135    
Richmondshire District Council 135 75  
Sedgefield Borough Council 135 75  
Shepway District Council 135    
Dartford Borough Council 150    
East Staffordshire Borough Council 150    
Kings Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council 150    
Penwith District Council 150    
Amber Valley Borough Council 200    
Barrow-in-Furness Borough Council 200    
Bath and North East Somerset Council 200    
Cannock Chase District Council 200    
Ellesmere Port and Neston Borough Council 200    
Enfield London Borough Council 200 100  
Haringey London Borough Council 200    
Norwich City Council 200    
Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council 200    
Tamworth Borough Council 212    
Ealing London Borough Council 250    
Lancaster City Council 250    
Newcastle City Council 250    
Chester-le-Street District Council 265    
Craven District Council 265    
Derby City Council 265 25  
Epping Forest District Council 265    
Exeter City Council 265 135  
Rushmoor Borough Council 265 150*  
Ryedale District Council 265    
Uttlesford District Council 265 100  
Selby District Council 265    
Havant Borough Council 270    
Hastings Borough Council 275 50  
Dacorum Borough Council 280 140  
Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council 290    
Great Yarmouth Borough Council 295 147.5  
Adur District Council 300    
Babergh District Council 300    
Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council 300    
Blaby District Council 300 250  
Brentwood Borough Council 300 150*  
Bridgnorth District Council 300    
Brighton and Hove City Council 300    
Castlepoint Borough Council 300    
Chelmsford Borough Council 300    
Chester City Council 300    
Colchester Borough Council 300    
Crewe and Nantwich Borough Council 300    
Croydon London Borough Council 300    
Derwentside District Council 300    
Easington District Council 300    
Forest Heath District Council 300 150  
Gedling Borough Council 300    
Gloucester City Council 300 50  
Harborough District Council 300 150  
Havering London Borough Council 300 0  
Herefordshire Council 300 150  
Hounslow London Borough Council 300    
Ipswich Borough Council 300 150  
Kennet District Council 300    
Merton London Borough Council 300    
Newcastle under Lyme Borough Council 300    
North Cornwall District Council 300    
North East Lincolnshire Council 300    
North Kesteven District Council 300    
North Norfolk District Council 300    
Oadby and Wigston Borough Council 300 175  
Portsmouth City Council 300    
Reading Borough Council 300    
Richmond upon Thames London Borough Council 300 250  
Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council 300    
Rugby Borough Council 300    
Rushcliffe Borough Council 300 50  
Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council 300    
St. Edmundsbury Borough Council 300 150  
Stratford-on-Avon District Council 300    
Stroud District Council 300    
Suffolk Coastal District Council 300    
Swale Borough Council 300    
Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council 300    
Test Valley Borough Council 300    
Tunbridge Wells Borough Council 300    
Wakefield Metropolitan District Council 300    
Wandsworth London Borough Council 300    
Waveney District Council 300 150  
West Devon Borough Council 300    
West Lindsey District Council 300    
Worcester City Council 300    
Worthing Borough Council 300    
Wyre Forest District Council 300    
Alnwick District Council 320 100  
Brent London Borough Council 320    
Bristol City Council 320    
Bromley London Borough 320    
Calderdale Council 320    
Castle Morpeth Borough Council 320    
Cherwell District Council 320    
Chesterfield Borough Council 320    
City of York Council 320    
Daventry District Council 320 160  
East Riding of Yorkshire Council 320    
Erewash Borough Council 320    
Gateshead Council 320    
Gravesham Borough Council 320    
Harrogate Borough Council 320    
Luton Borough Council 320    
Mansfield District Council 320    
Newark and Sherwood District Council 320 160  
North East Derbyshire District Council 320 50  
North Shropshire District Council 320    
Restormel Borough Council 320    
Rochford District Council 320 100  
Salford City Council 320 0  
Sheffield City Council 320 50  
Shrewsbury and Atcham Borough Council 320    
South Gloucestershire Council 320 160  
South Hams District Council 320    
Sunderland City Council 320    
Vale Royal Borough Council 320 160  
Wychavon District Council 320    
Nottingham City Council 325 50  
North Tyneside Council 340    50% refund if claim upheld
Camden London Borough Council 340 170  
Eden District Council 340    
Macclesfield Borough Council 340 170  
Poole Borough Council 340    
Waverley Borough Council 340    
Wear Valley District Council 340    
Westminster City Council 340    
West Wiltshire District Council 345    
Ashfield District Council 350    
Ashford Borough Council 350    
Aylesbury Vale District Council 350    
Birmingham City Council 350    
Bury Metropolitan Borough Council 350    
Canterbury City Council 350 175  
Christchurch Borough Council 350    
Corby Borough Council 350    
Darlington Borough Council 350    
Dover District Council 350    
East Cambridgeshire District Council 350    
East Devon District Council 350    
East Dorset District Council 350    
Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council 350 50  
Lewes District Council 350 175  
Melton Borough Council 350    
Mid Beds District Council 350    
Mid Suffolk District Council 350    
Mole Valley District Council 350    
North Devon District Council 350    
North Warwickshire Borough Council 350    
North Wiltshire District Council 350    
Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council 350    
Rutland County Council 350    
South Lakeland District Council 350    
South Norfolk District Council 350 175  
South Shropshire City Council 350    
South Somerset District Council 350    
Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council 350    
Teesdale District Council 350    
Thanet District Council 350    
Tynedale Council 350    
Warwick District Council 350    
West Dorset District Council 350    
Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council 350    
Mid Devon District Council 360    
Scarborough Borough Council 360    
South Kesteven District Council 360    
Stevenage Borough Council 360    
Surrey Heath Borough Council 368    
Reigate and Banstead Borough Council 370 185  
Caradon District Council 375    
East Northamptonshire Council 375    
Swindon Borough Council 375 200  
South Staffordshire Council 385    
West Lancashire District Council 389 194.5  
Bolsolver District Council 390    
Three Rivers District Council 395    
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council 400    
Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council 400    
Braintree District Council 400    
Broadland District Council 400 0  
Cheltenham Borough Council 400 100  
Chiltern District Council 400    
Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council 400   Fee is 300 to end August 2005
Guildford Borough Council 400    
Harlow Council 400    
Hertsmere Borough Council 400    
Kettering Borough Council 400   No fee for disabled people
Lichfield District Council 400    
Liverpool City Council 400    
Mendip District Council 400    
North Somerset Council 400    
North West Leicestershire District Council 400    
Plymouth City Council 400    
Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council 400    
Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames Council 400    
Runnymede Borough Council 400    
Sedgemoor District Council 400    
Sefton Council 400    
South Bedfordshire District Council 400    
South Holland District Council 400 -now200   £265 returned if no action or no appeal
South Oxfordshire District Council 400    
Taunton Deane Borough Council 400    
Tendring District Council 400    
Torbay Council 400    
Torridge District Council 400    
Wansbeck District Council 400    
West Somerset District Council 400    
North Dorset District Council 405    
Peterborough City Council 410 205  
Medway Council 420 210  
Milton Keynes Borough Council 420 210*  
South Bucks District Council 420    
Leeds City Council 425 211.5  
Arun District Council 450    
Barnet London Borough Council 450    
Bedford Borough Council 450    
Blackpool Council 450    
Bracknell Forest Borough Coucil 450    
Cambridge City Council 450    
Congleton Borough Council 450    
Derbyshire Dales District Council 450    
Eastbourne Borough Council 450 90  
Eastleigh Borough Council 450 100  
Fenland District Council 450    
Fylde Borough Council 450    
Huntingdonshire District Council 450    
Hyndburn Borough Council 450    
New Forest District Council 450    
Oxford City Council 450 90  
Purbeck District Council 450    
Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council 450    
South Cambridgeshire District Council 450    
South Northamptonshire Council 450    
Spelthorn Borough Council 450    
Thurrock Council 450 225  
Vale of White Horse District Council 450    
Winchester City Council 450    
Windsor and Maidenhead Royal Borough Council 450    
Woking Borough Council 450    
Wyre Borough Council 450    
Northampton Borough Council 457 228.5  
Wycombe District Council 490    
Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council 500    
Bournemouth Borough Council 500    
Bromsgrove District Council 500 200  
Burnley Borough Council 500    
Chorley Borough Council 500    
Basildon District Council 500    
East Hampshire District Council 500    
East Hertfordshire District Council 500    
Elmbridge Borough Council 500    
Forest of Dean District Council 500 250  
Gosport Borough Council 500    
High Peak Borough District Council 500    
Hillingdon London Borough Council 500    
Mid Sussex District Council 500 250  
North Hertfordshire District Council 500 250  
Redbridge London Borough Council 500    
Ribble Valley Borough Council 500    
Rossendale Borough Council 500    
Salisbury District Council 500    
Southampton City Council 500    
South Ribble Borough Council 500    
Stafford Borough Council 500 250  
Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council 500    
Tandridge District Council 500 250  
Telford and Wrekin Borough Council 500    
Tewkesbury Borough Council 500    
Trafford Borough Council 500    
Wigan Council 500 100  
Wealden District Council 500    
West Berkshire Council 500    
Cotswold District Council 550 100  
West Oxfordshire District Council 550    
Rother District Council 600    
Wokingham District Council 600    
Sevenoaks District Council 650 100  
Average Fee (14 October 2005) £344.41   304 English Councils

 Concessions are for recipients of means tested benefit unless followed by *. Starred concessions are also extended to all pensioners.
Welsh Councils
see above note
Refunds for hedge victims
Bridgend County Borough Council 320    
Cardiff County Council 320    
City and County of Swansea Council 320    
Isle of Anglesey County Council 320    
Monmouthshire County Council 320    
Newport County Borough Council 320    
Vale of Glamorgan Council 320    
Wrexham County Borough Council 320 160  
Average Fee (5 July 2005) £320   8 Welsh Councils

Concessions are for recipients of means tested benefit unless followed by *. Starred concessions are also extended to all pensioners.

Fees Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Do councils have to charge a fee?
A. No. Section 68 of the Anti-social behaviour Act 2003 says that when submitting a complaint, it must be accompanied by such fee (if any) as the local authority determines.

Q. Has the government set minimum or maximum fees?
A. No. Fees are entirely at local authority discretion. The Government explicitly left Councils to decide.
Please see section 12 of the Regulatory Impact Assessment, which states,

'whether and at what level it is appropriate to charge for this service should rest with local authorities, so that they can take account of local circumstances and local taxpayers' wishes. This would also be in line with the Government's general policy of allowing such decisions to be made at the local level. We will, not therefore, be prescribing a maximum fee'.

Q. Can we claim back the fee from the grower if then case is upheld.
Q. I think that the fee is too high but I am still going to pay. What would I tell the Council
A. Please see our
troubleshooting pages, questions & answers 7 and 8

Relevant information on government funding
The Government did make provision for money out of central funding to Councils to be used for the purpose of the High Hedges Law and related appeals. The relevant acts of parliament are Monday 7 April 2003 High Hedges (No. 2) Bill [Money] and Monday 17 November 2003 Anti-social Behaviour Bill [Money] (No. 2). The money is not ring-fenced but it is allowed for in the total amount which is said to have been increased above inflation.
These facts have been carefully checked with the relevant government department.

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