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Porches and Entrance Frames
Please note that since local circumstances can alter cases, these notes should NOT be taken as advice.
It is recommended that you speak to your appropriate planning officer before proceeding with any project.
The links given are to the official sites which may contain additional information of assistance to you.
Open Porch enclosed to create Entrance Lobby - TradTruss
For porch additions to houses and bungalows
Porches added to any outside door of your house fall under the ‘permitted development’ rules, i.e. unless your home is in a conservation area, national park, or similar area, you won’t normally need to get planning permission. However, this is subject to
- the footprint of any enclosed ground floor area not being more than 3 square metres.
- A maximum overall height of 3 metres. (This is usually measured from the external ground level, but could be 150mm below the top of the damp proof course. It should be measured in the same way as for a house extension.
- It must not have an part closer than 2 metres from the boundary of the house with the highway.
This exemption under the 'permitted development' rules does not apply to:
- Flats & maisonettes (see guidance on flats and maisonettes)
- Converted houses or houses created through the permitted development change of use rights (see change of use section)
- Other buildings
- Areas where there may be a planning condition, Article 4 Direction or other restriction that limits permitted development rights.
Ground level porches with less than 30 square metres floor area are usually exempt from building regulation approval – PROVIDING that glazing and any fixed electrical installations comply with the appropriate sections of building regulations.
However, to be exempt from building regulations approval:
- Any entrance door between the new porch and the existing house must remain in place.
- Access via any rampled or level access for disabled people must not be adversely affected.
Talk to your neighbours before amking any application or proceeding with any change
This is especially the case if they might be affected by your proposal. Also talk to your local parish, town or community council. If your proposal; is more complicated than one under the above exemptions, consider consulting other bodies who might have an interest, for example:
- the Environment Agency
- the local water and sewage company (both are especially important if there are potential sewerage, water or flooding problems)
- your highway authority (this is usually the county council or local council)
- the Health and Safety Executive (see below) - especially if dangerous materials are involved.
Areas of Archaelogical importance
To ensure that your local authority is made aware of any:
- operations which disturn the ground
- flooding operations
- tipping operations
... the Ancient Monuments and Archeaological Areas Act 1979 enables the Secretary of State to designate an area as an 'Area of Archeaolgical Importance'. There are currently five areas designated in England, the historic city centres of:
No separate consent is required and the granting (or otherwise) of planning permission should not be affected simply because the proposed work falls within such an area.
However, you MUST give notice to the local authority before starting work. Usually there will be a six-week period after the notice is served that allows the site to be investigated prior to work commencing. This is particularly relevant, but not limited to, work that does not require an application for planning permission.
Better to be safe than sorry - use the links above to get information and contact the relevant local authority to discuss any proposed work that may be covered by this regime.
Health and Safety
Whenever you do any work to your property, especially if you are engaging anyone to help with or undertake this, you must observe the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM 2015). These cover all building work, including householder projects and work that may be considered permitted development and/or exempt from the building regulations.
You may need to notify the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and may have other duties as well.
Your responsibilities on the Health and Safety Executive website.
Whatever measures you may have already taken to protect your property, alterations and additions can make you more vulnerable. A flat roof at ground floor level, for example, could make upstairs windows more accessible and need to be provided with a lock.
Likewise a new window next to a drainpipe might enable access.
- Ensure that all windows are secure
- Update your alarm systems if needed, e.g. for extra rooms or a new garage
Your local police crime prevention officer will be happy to provide helpful advice on reducing risk.