Do I Need Planning Permission for a Porch?
A porch is a popular and cost-effective home improvement that creates extra space in your home and — along with building a conservatory and replacing your windows and doors — can increase its value should you ever decide to sell up and move elsewhere. In fact, both Location, Location, Location’s Phil Spencer and Homes Under the Hammer’s Lucy Alexander have highlighted a porch as a top way of adding value to your home. But many people are put off such home developments because they believe they have to get planning permission, but is this true? Do you need planning permission for a porch?
The Benefits of a Porch
Increase Your Home’s Value
Building a porch offers an abundance of benefits, not least that, as we stated above, they can add value to your home. If yours is the only home in a line of houses boasting a porch, you instantly benefit from increased kerb appeal, and from the very first time a prospective buyer sees your home, you’ll have an advantage. While a porch likely won’t add a huge percentage of your home’s total value, it can increase your home’s desirability, making it much more likely you’ll make a sale. In today’s competitive and unpredictable housing market, that can only be a good thing!
Add More Space to Your Home
Granted, a porch doesn’t add liveable space to your home — unless you want to camp out in the entryway, that is! However, that doesn’t mean a porch doesn’t have its practical uses. Our hallway is often a magnet for the clothes we throw off when we get through the door — before you know it, you’re tripping over piles of shoes and running into coats just to collect the post or walk upstairs. A porch is an ideal space for a cloakroom, keeping your shoes, coats and umbrellas in a dedicated space and keeping your hallway neat and tidy.
There are several ways to add a unique touch to your porch to make it a truly welcoming space. Opt for a uPVC porch with a glass roof to let in natural light and make it appear larger, or add lighting fixtures in a brick porch to create a warm and cosy space. For an added touch, introduce some indoor plants to improve the quality of the air and put you in a good mood from the moment you enter your home.
Make Your Home More Secure
Security is always a key concern, so if a home improvement can add space, increase kerb appeal and protect your home from intruders, it’s well worth the investment. A porch adds a secure barrier around your front door, acting as an extra line of defence against burglary.
At Coastline Windows & Conservatories, we use only the highest quality materials — such as locks, hinges and handles — to keep you, your family and your belongings safe. Our glass panels, windows and doors are also A-rated for energy efficiency and can be either double or triple glazed for additional warmth and security.
Can You Build a Porch without Planning Permission?
If you’re considering building a porch, the next question you need to ask is: do I need planning permission? Fortunately, in many cases, porches fall under what is called a “permitted development”.
What Is a Permitted Development?
The guidance on permitted development states that a porch:
- Must not exceed three square metres (when measuring the ground floor area externally)
- Must not be more than three metres above ground level
- Must not be within two metres of any boundary of the home or a highway
- Must not adversely affect access if the house has ramped access for disabled people
There are additional considerations if the property is Grade 2 listed or in a designated conservation area, but the above criteria apply for the majority of residential homes. If you’re uncertain, we advise contacting your local authority, which will be able to advise on planning permission porch requirements.
Applying for Planning Permission to Build a Porch
If you want a porch that falls outside of any of the above criteria (for example, your porch is lower than three metres high but has a ground floor area of four or more square metres), you’ll need to apply to your local authority for planning permission. You can submit an application for planning permission via Planning Portal, set up by the UK government to process all applications. You will need to pay an application fee plus a service charge — Planning Portal includes a handy calculator to work out the cost of your application.
Choosing the Right Installer for Your Porch
Regardless of whether you require planning permission for your porch or not, you will need to ensure it complies with building regulations. This makes it crucial that you find the right installer — an established and trusted company with a track record of delivering work to a high standard.
At Coastline, we hold a 9.88 rating on Checkatrade based on over 900 reviews from homeowners just like you. We abide by building regulations and have been trusted by the local community for over 25 years, helping people just like you get more out of their homes.
Are you in the South East of England and looking to build a porch to add more space and improve the security of your home? Contact our friendly team of installers today to get a free no-obligation quote.