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Porch Planning Permission

Posted on by Carvalo Team

porchPorches are a great addition to any home, providing an area of refuge in cold or wet weather while fumbling for one’s keys – somewhere to keep mucky shoes and umbrellas, and even for an extra ‘layer’ of safety between your property’s front door and the outside world. Not only are they extremely practical, but the right porch can really lift the look and feel of a home, taking it from a regular property to something far more upmarket.

When considering the building of a porch at your property, it is vital that you know whether the building requires planning permission. Without the relevant planning permission, you could find yourself in deep water with local authorities. Here, we run through some of the things you need to consider when planning the building of a porch at your home:

Taking measurements

To calculate whether or not your porch building project does, there are three important measurements to take into consideration. These are as follows:

  • the ground floor area of the proposed porch
  • its height
  • the distance from the boundary and highway

When do I need planning permission?

Looking into these measurements in greater detail, you yourself can discover if your porch would need planning permission. You will require planning permission if:

  • the porch would have a ground area of more than 3 square metres (the ground area is measured externally)
  • the porch’s height would be higher than 3m above ground level – porch height needs to be measured in the same way as it would for a house extension
  • the porch is to be less than 2 metres away from the boundary of a dwelling house with a highway – this includes all public roads, bridleways, byways and footpaths

If the porch you are planning to build fits into any of these categories, make sure you have got planning permission from your local authority which allows the project to go ahead.

Here at Carvalo, we are proud to offer an expert timber building service to our customers. We tailor our services to exactly meet your individual needs and requirements, and with our years of experience in the industry, great prices and fantastic results, we really are a leading company in our field. For more information on any of our services, or for any other enquiry, get in touch with our friendly team of experts today and we’ll be more than happy to help with any queries you may have.

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