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Do You Need Building Regulations Approval For A Porch?

Does the exterior of your house need modernising in some way? The integration of a stylish porch will glamourise its appearance and bring it firmly into the 21st Century. 

A porch also comes in handy for storage purposes, providing you with an area where you can hang up coats and jackets and put down shoes. 

It isn’t until they have a discussion with one of our consultants that some customers become aware of the possibility of needing planning permission to have a porch built at their home. 

Getting planning permission for a porch organised, when necessary, is a straightforward process when it’s being handled on your behalf by Permaframe. 

We can approach the relevant local authority and help out with the paperwork etc. 

If the porch is classified as being a Permitted Development, no application for planning permission is needed. 

These are the guidelines that must be met:

  • the ground floor area (measured externally) would not exceed three square metres.
  • no part would be more than three metres above ground level (height needs to be measured in the same way as for a house extension).
  • no part of the porch would be within two metres of any boundary of the dwellinghouse and the highway.

Added to that, some porches can also need building regulations approval prior to being constructed. 

This won’t be the case if the porch satisfies the following criteria:

  • the front entrance door between the existing house and the new porch must remain in place
  • if the house has ramped or level access for disabled people, the porch must not adversely affect access.

You can get UPVC and aluminium porches at Permaframe, and have your chosen porch finished in just about any colour you like. 

For any extra advice or information you need in relation to porches, make contact with the team here

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