Porch Types

There are a few types of porches you can build:

  • Brick Porch
  • Lean to Porch
  • UPVC Porch
  • Aluminum Porch

Planning Permission

Under Class D, Part 1, Schedule 2 of The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015, porches can be erected to dwellinghouses without planning permission. 

Front porches can be built under permitted development subject to a few limitations and conditions. A planning expert can advise whether your proposed front porch needs planning permission.  

Front porches can be built under permitted development subject to a few limitations and conditions

Building Control

For smaller projects, building regulations approval isn’t required where the porch is:

  • Ground level
  • Less than 3 m2
  • Situated in front of an existing front door 
  • Not adversely affecting the access.

Compliance with Building Regulations usually relates to when the porch consists of windows and electrical installations. The architectural designer provides the relevant details of the windows, and the electrical work needs to be carried out by a qualified electrician who certifies it is safe and compliant..

Costs

The cost of the porch depends on a number of factors, namely the type of porch, size and materials.