Carport Canopy Planning Permission

Do you need planning permission for a carport or canopy?

Carport and canopy planning permission guidelines are relatively easy to understand and we are here to help where we can. Using our years of experience we can help you make sure that erecting a carport or canopy is straightforward.

Carport Planning Permission

Carports and canopies come under the same umbrella as outbuildings, so dependant upon a few rules you may not need to gain planning permission from your local planning authority. This allows the home owner to erect a carport or canopy under permitted development.

A carport or canopy is best described as a roof, supported by posts. As with any potential home improvement or alteration, there are always limitations, even more so if your house is listed or in a conservation area.

We want to ensure that you are fully aware of these limitations and have created a quick key-points-list of the main factors to be taken into consideration when installing a carport. Even if your proposed canopy falls within one or more of these limitations, our planning partners will be able to apply for full planning permission on your behalf taking away the pain and easing the process.

Carport Canopy Planning Limitations

Before you go ahead and build your carport, you should first understand what the limitations are for permitted development. If you are planning to build a carport, you are free to do so, providing you follow the limitations set forth by your Local Planning Authority.

Planning permission IS required if you fit into one or more of the following statements:

  • A carport can not be built on land forward of the wall that forms a home’s principal elevation.
  • All new carports must be single storey, with no balconies or overhangs.
  • Carports must have a maximum eaves height of 2.5 metres, overall height of 4 metres with a dual pitched roof or 3 metres for any other roof.
  • The addition of a new carport cannot contribute towards exceeding 50% of a home’s land.
  • Homes located in National Parks must not build carports that exceed 10 square metres, if located more than 20 metres from each house.

Planning permission and permitted development is sometimes subjective and it is 100% the responsibility of the property owner to ensure that the correct permission has been obtained. Our technical team and surveyors can give you an opinion on permitted development based on experience and the rules but ultimately the final decision is the with the Local Planning Authority and the owner of the property.

Want to discuss your carport canopy project? Call our carport canopy team on 01543 543 007.

More information on GOV.UK -> Permitted development rights for householders: technical guidance