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Porches and planning permission

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Porches and planning permission

You can use our new tool to check if your project needs planning permission.


You must apply for full planning permission to add a porch.

If your flat is a listed building (or part of) you must apply for listed building consent to do this.


You must apply for householder planning permission to add a porch if any of the following apply:

  • the ground floor area would exceed 3m²
  • it would be more than 3m above ground level
  • any part of the porch will be within 2m of any boundary wall facing a road
  • it will be added to the front or side of a house covered by an Article 4 Direction

If your house is a listed building you must apply for listed building consent to add a porch.

More information

The porches section of the national planning portal has lots of guidance and useful information.

Can I get confirmation that I do not require planning permission?

Apply for a Lawful Development Certificate to prove an existing or proposed porch is lawful. 

Am I likely to get planning permission?

To find out whether your proposal is likely to be accepted, you can apply for pre-planning application advice.

How do I apply?

You can apply via the national planning portal.  To find out what information is required with your application, see making a planning application.

Still not sure whether you need planning permission?

If you need further advice about whether you need planning permission, contact planning advice and information.