Do You Need Planning Permission To Add A Porch?

To change and update the look of the front exterior of your home you could do any number of things. Installing new windows would give it a modern facelift, as would having a porch fitted into your entrance. 

Grand Entrance Porch

Whether you opt for a UPVC or brick porch will very much come down to the existing character of the property. However, either product will have a massive visual impact. 

It will immediately catch the eye of visitors, which is especially useful if you want to entice people to buy the house in the future or just make a generally great impression. 

Integrating a porch is also a wise move if you want to bolster home security. 

There will be no getting past it thanks to the presence of high security hinges and handles, a multi-point locking mechanism, dog bolts and a series of anti-bump/snap cylinders. 

Think of the added space it will introduce too!

You could put a coat stand in there so that you have somewhere to hang your jackets, other than in your wardrobes. Shoes can also be stored inside it, which is useful for when they get dirty and you don’t want to cake your carpet in mud stains. 

You do need to be aware though that some porches are subject to planning permission. This doesn’t include when Permitted Development Rights apply, as in these circumstances, you can have a porch installed without submitting a planning application. But certain limits and conditions must be met for this to be the case, and they are:

  1. the ground floor area (measured externally) would not exceed three square metres.
  2. 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).
  3. no part of the porch would be within two metres of any boundary of the dwellinghouse and the highway.

The most sensible course of action is to get in touch with the planning department at your local authority to get official clarity on the situation. 

When you put Orion Windows in charge of your porch installation, we will speak to them on your behalf and organise the necessary paperwork, if required. 

Visit our Porches page if you want one to enhance your home’s kerb appeal, make it more secure and be afforded more space. 


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