Not all home improvements need to take a lot of work. Extending the front of your property by adding a porch is a great way to create extra space, add value to your property and an ideal area for removing shoes, coats, and drying off muddy dogs and children before stepping into your living space.

If this is something you’re thinking about, one important question that you may have is whether you require planning permission for a porch. In short, the answer is no, as adding a porch is within permitted development rights if it fits within the guidelines specifically for porches.

However, this depends on a few factors such as the size of the porch, what type of property you live in, and whether you live in a listed building or protected area. In this article, we hope to answer some of your questions and give you peace of mind when designing your porch.

How big can you build a porch without planning permission?

You won’t require planning permission for a porch unless the floor space exceeds three square metres, the highest point exceeds three metres, or if the porch will be within two metres of a boundary facing on to the road. The rules may be different however if you live in a listed building. A good source of trusted information regarding building regulations is the national planning application service; Planning Portal, if you’re unsure.

Building regulation approval will be required on the windows and any electrical work, but this is something that Cosyhomes Windows can handle for you.

Are the rules the same for all types of properties?

If you want to add a porch to a flat, maisonette or other building types, you should always check with your local planning authority before commencing any work. This is because permitted development rights may not apply. You will also need to make sure that your work complies with the requisite building regulations.

There will be different rules if you live in a listed building and you may need to apply for listed building consent, as planning permission may be required in this instance. If you live in a conservation area you may also need planning permission, but it’s best to check with your local authority.

What are porches made of?

Most porches are made from a combination of brickwork and glazing, but the design itself really depends on your requirements. Cosyhomes Windows can create custom-built, high-quality PVCu double glazed porches, ranging from a simple in-fill design through to a purpose-built porch. We’re happy to discuss your ideas with you to create something that suits your needs.