TerraQuest News

- Sep 2021

Planning Permission for Porches – What you need to know…

Are you thinking of building a porch? If so, you’re probably wondering whether you need to obtain planning permission.

The planning rules for porches are applicable to any external door to the dwelling house.

Adding a porch to any external door of your house is considered to be permitted development, not requiring an application for planning permission, provided:

  • 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 dwelling house and the highway.

The Planning Portal has a section dedicated to common questions about planning permission and the Building Regulations. If you have a question about planning permission this is the best place to start.