Is Planning Permission Required to Build a Porch?

Adding a porch to the front of your home can add real kerb appeal to your house as well as providing valuable storage space for boots, coats and all the other household bits and bobs we accumulate.

Do you need Planning Permission?

You won’t need planning permission to build your porch as long as you stick to a few rules, namely satisfying Permitted Development.

It can’t be higher than three metres above ground level or its floor area measure more than three metres square (measured externally). Also no part of the porch can be within two metres of the boundary of your property and the highway (which includes pavements).

There are different rules if you live in a converted house or other building and want to build a porch. Flats do not benefit from Permitted Development Rights and if you live in a flat and want to build a porch, you will require planning permission.

What if I live in a Conservation Area?

If you live in a Conservation Area or are planning on adding a porch to a Listed Building, always check in case you need additional consents.

Do I need Building Regulations?

So long as you keep to the rules governing the size and height of the porch, you should be exempt from requiring Building Regulations. That is so long as the front door between your house and porch remains in place and the porch doesn’t affect access if your house has a ramp or level access for anyone who’s disabled. Obviously, any glazing or electrical installations must comply with the necessary Building Regulations.

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