mobile menu Menu
  • my quotes
    • No products in the list
  • close mobile menu

    Large Stock Available

    Domestic & Commercial

    Installation Within 10 Days

    Of Work

    Parking Security

    Price Match Guarantee

    Do you need planning permission for bollards?


    This is a question that our experts hear reasonably often here at Bollard Security, and understandably so! Planning permission is a crucial consideration even for relatively simple property additions like driveway bollards, because if a project is completed without planning permission and it later comes to light that said permission should have been sought, then it could result in orders to remove the structure or installation (in this case, the bollard or bollards). That’s time-consuming and expensive, not to mention a huge hassle.

    Now, when it comes to whether or not your bollards require planning permission, it’s tricky to give a direct yes/no answer in an article like this, as the answer depends on your specific circumstances. What we can do, however, is give you a helpful general guide as to what’s likely to be necessary.

    When you probably don’t need planning permission


    When you are a homeowner looking to install residential bollards

    In most cases, if you own your home then you’re unlikely to need planning permission for residential bollards. This is because bollards are generally considered ‘permitted development’, which means that you can install them without needing to seek approval from your local planning authority.

    It’s worth noting that this only applies if you’re a freeholder – in other words, if you own the property and the plot of land that it’s built on. (Most homeowners are.)

    If you are a leaseholder looking to install residential bollards

    Leaseholders differ from freeholders in that if you’re a leaseholder, you own the property for a fixed period of time, but not the land it’s built on. (Leaseholders are sometimes called tenants.) That means if you want to get residential bollards for your own home, then you’ll need to get permission from your landlord, or property owner.

    When planning permission may be necessary


    If the bollards are going to be installed on (or near) public roads or land

    If you’re planning to install bollards on an area of public land, or public right of way, then you’ll almost certainly need planning permission, because it’ll affect the public’s use of the road. In some cases, it may even give rise to otherwise unforeseen safety issues – which is why it needs serious inspection.

    And it’s always best to check in advance, just in case! If you’re unsure about whether the land itself falls within your ownership, you can check your title plans, or search for land and property information on the government website.

    If the bollards are going to be installed on (or near) common land

    By the same token, if you’re planning to put bollards on common land – that is, a plot that’s owned by 2 or more people – then you’ll likely also need to seek the written consent of the person or entity you share it with. In these cases, it’s usually advisable to contact the Planning Inspectorate. You may find that some areas of common land are exempt from needing planning permission, but as ever, it’s worth taking the time to find out for certain – especially since different authorities can have varying rules.

    Is there anything else I should be aware of with planning permission?

    Yes. There are a couple of factors that it’s worth giving due consideration to before you proceed with the installation, even if you don’t think they apply to your specific situation. We’ve done a quick handy roundup!

    • Location: Bollards placed within the confines of a property, such as a driveway or garden, typically require less planning permission compared to those positioned on public roads or pathways.
    • Design: The appearance and design of the bollards play a significant role in determining whether planning permission is necessary. Bollards that harmonise with their surroundings or have minimal visual impact are less likely to encounter objections.
    • Environmental impact: Planning authorities may evaluate how bollards could affect the local environment, including considerations for heritage sites, wildlife habitats, and protected species.
    • Height and size: Bollards exceeding specific height or size limits may require planning permission, particularly if they could obstruct views or pose safety hazards.
    • Land ownership and permissions: Installation of driveway bollards typically requires land ownership. As we’ve covered above, leaseholders or tenants may need permission from landlords, freeholders, or property management companies.
    • Neighbouring access: It’s crucial to ensure that driveway bollards do not impede neighbouring landowners’ access to public roads. Blocking access could lead to legal conflicts and potential bollard removal.
    • Local council regulations: Check with the local council for any restrictions or guidelines concerning driveway bollards. Some councils may have specific requirements regarding bollard size, design, or placement.

    If you’re unsure, check with your local planning authority before doing anything, especially if they’re commercial bollards going on public land.

    Once you’ve got the planning permission all sorted, and you’re on the lookout for a set of sturdy bollards, you’re in exactly the right place. For over 15 years, here at Bollard Security, we’ve been installing and maintaining security solutions across the UK for domestic, commercial, and industrial sectors, and we take pride in providing quality products that give our customers peace of mind. Don’t hesitate to contact us on 01535 920362 for advice and recommendations on the best driveway bollards or Telescopic Bollards for you!