Will You Need Planning Permission To Add A Porch To Your Home?

Porches are something of an unsung hero amongst home improvement products, firstly because of the amazingly strong visual impact they can have on a residence. 

Grand Entrance Porch

It’s well-known that first impressions count and you’re seldom disappointed at the sight of a stylish UPVC or aluminium porch integrated into a house as they make a property so much more attractive, without fail. 

Adding a porch is also a great security measure if you worry about your home being broken into. 

The robustness of the UPVC or aluminium framework, together with the inclusion of a multi-point locking system, dog bolts and anti-bump/snap cylinders, vastly reduces the threat of a successful burglary. 

One final plus point is the extra bit of space you get with a porch. 

It’s where you can put an umbrella stand or store your boots and shoes so that they’re not taking up valuable closets systems space. 

For how little a porch costs and how many benefits one will provide, it’s a bargain!

If you find yourself nodding in agreement and are left wanting one, just be advised that you might have to get planning permission to have a porch installed. 

That won’t be the case if you have Permitted Development Rights, which enable homeowners to undertake certain types of work without the need to apply for planning permission.

These are the limits and conditions that must be met for Permitted Development Rights to apply:

  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.

When unsure whether your porch satisfies Permitted Development Rights or if you’ll need planning permission, just speak to the planning department at your local authority – they will advise accordingly. 

Please don’t proceed with an installation until it has been clarified if planning permission is necessary. If you do and it’s later discovered that planning permission should have been obtained, you may be forced to either make a retrospective planning application or remove the porch and return the entrance back to how it originally looked. 

We have a fantastic range of porches at Eden Windows if you want a more appealing, more secure and roomier home.


Everyone is welcome to come in and browse around our Gillingham Showroom in Kent, where our friendly sales team will be pleased to help with any questions you may have.

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