Do I Need Planning Permission For an Oak Porch?


Understanding the basic rules of the General Permitted Development Order

Author: Joanne Fisher

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Do I Need Planning Permission For an Oak Porch?

The General Permitted Development Order came into force on 15th April 2015.

This allows certain building works, and changes of use, to be carried out without having to make a planning application. Installing a porch comes under the Permitted Development.

There are, however, certain restrictions and exclusions.

The following is a general guideline, and we recommend that you check your local authority website, or contact the planning department, prior to installing a porch.

Permitted Development Rights are subject to conditions and limitations to control impacts and to protect local amenity.

Exclusions for England (may differ in Wales) include homes (not flats, maisonettes or other buildings) in:-

Conservation Areas
Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty
National Parks
The Broads
World Heritage Sites

Listed Buildings also are exempt.

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This shows where to measure the width, depth and height.

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Please allow for this extra height needed on all porches.

The Main BASIC Rules

The rules for oak porch planning permission are applicable to any external door to the dwelling provided:-

  1. The ground floor area (measured externally) would not exceed 3 sq. metres.
  1. No part would be more than 3 metres* above ground level (height needs to be measured in the same way as for a house extension).
  1. No part of the porch would be within 2 metres of any boundary of the dwelling house and the highway.

*When asking for a quotation for an oak porch, the overall height of the oak to the ridge will need to be less than 3 metres to allow for roofing tiles/slates and the ridge tiles. The TOTAL height for everything can’t be above 3 metres.

Useful link:

The Planning Portal covers many different projects, as does the Government website:

Remember – If in any doubt as to whether you need Planning Permission, contact your local council.

We supply oak porches but are not responsible for checking with regards to Planning Permission.

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