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Can You Add A Porch To Your Home Without Planning Permission?

Does the front exterior of your home look a bit underwhelming? If you don’t love the look of it, how can you expect anyone else to?

It’s easily improved. 

Replacing old roofline is always a good trick, and the installation of a brand-new door will create an attractive entrance. A further option is to incorporate a UPVC or brick porch into the building. 

Porches are often not given the level of attention that products like windows and doors get, but they should receive similar interest as they are tremendous value for money for what they cost, and also what they offer, which is stylishness, added space and supreme security.

Ths security aspect of fitting a porch is one of its strongest selling-points. Our porch designs include robust frames and multi-point locking mechanisms, together with a number of other secure fixings. 

If a porch sounds like what the outside of your home needs to look prettier, discover first if it needs planning permission. 

When a customer comes to us for a porch, planning permission is one of the first things discussed as non-compliance with planning laws can lead to a host of problems, and we’d never let that happen. 

Should your newly-fitted porch be found to break the rules, you could be forced to make a retrospective planning application for the porch, and there’s no guarantee it will be accepted, which will then give you no other option but to remove the porch and return your entrance to its original state.

For the avoidance of doubt, you will not need planning permission when adding a porch to a front door, back door or side door if the following criteria is met:

  • its footprint (the total floor area it takes up) is no greater than 3 square metres 
  • there’s at least 2 metres between the edge of the porch and any boundary facing a road 
  • it isn’t taller than 3 metres 
  • it isn’t within a conservation area

You can get a new porch organised with Mitchell Glass now and ask for a FREE quote to be provided.

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