Do I need approval to build a porch?

Answer: 

A porch is exempt if:

  • the floor area does not exceed 30m²,
  • a door of external quality is retained between the porch and the rest of the house
  • Glazing below 800mm in windows and 1.5m in doors and sidelights should be safety glazing.
  • You are also advised to ensure that a porch does not cover outlets to boilers or other flues as well as the only ventilation openings to WC's and other rooms.

This advice relates solely to Building Control Opens in a new window matters and you should consult the planning pages of the website or the planning portal Opens in a new window website for advice on planning matters.