Do Electric Gates Require Planning Permission?

When adding a new electric gate to your property is it is always advisable to consult with your Local Council; however, simply automating an existing gate should not require planning. Permission requirements may vary depending on where you live and the type of property that you have.

The following information is taken from the Planning Portal website.

You will not need to apply for planning permission if you wish to erect a new; or alter, maintain, improve or take down* an existing fence, wall or gate if the following conditions are met:

  • In regard to its height:
    • it is next to a highway used by vehicles (or the footpath of such a highway) and it would not exceed one metre in height (from ground level); or
    • it would not exceed two metres in height (from ground level) if elsewhere; or
    • if an existing fence, wall or gate already exceeds the limits above, that its height would not be increased.
  • No part of the site is a listed building or within the curtilage of a listed building.


  • No part of the fence, wall, gate or any other boundary involved, forms a boundary with a neighbouring listed building or its curtilage.


  • The right to put up or alter fences, walls and gates has not been removed by an article four direction or a planning condition.

If any of these conditions are not met, then you will need to apply for planning permission.

*In a conservation area, you might need permission take down a fence, wall or gate.