Can a neighbour attach something to my fence?

Boundary Rules And Neighbour Disputes
Boundary Rules And Neighbour Disputes

Attaching plant pots, lights or anything else to your neighbour’s wall or fence will require permission! If the wall is on the right, then you must ask your neighbour. If you go ahead and attach something, then you can technically be prosecuted for criminal damage, although cases are sporadic.

“Do not drill your neighbours wall because you will be breaking the law in the UK. You will also be liable for any costs for reapiring the damage caused!”

Is there a workaround?

If you have asked your neighbour and the answer was NO! There are a few simple workarounds that we have been using here at Wezaggle. The most obvious solution would be to build your fence or erect a post where you want to fix something. Other options to this issue are:

  1. Screens (much more straightforward and cheaper solution to building posts)
  2. String lines such as a washing line to attach pots and lights
  3. Canes that have a hook for containers and other decorations
  4. Trellis requires smaller supports so it can stand independent

There are no easy fixes to this solution, so explain to your neighbour that you will not damage or fix anything heavy enough that it will cause any damage to their fence or wall. If you do not speak to your neighbour or have had a neighbour dispute recently then opting for a workaround will be your best option.

Check the house deeds

In some rare cases when house owners have checked their deeds, they have discovered the fence is jointly owned. Which can happen with a party or boundary wall, so aways double-check because you might be surprised!


  1. Deborah White 30 May 2020
    • Wezaggle 1 June 2020
  2. Jody Simms 25 June 2020
    • Wezaggle 25 June 2020
  3. Jennifer Hendriks-Free 20 July 2020
    • Wezaggle 20 July 2020

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