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Do you need planning permission for a carport?

In the UK, planning permission is not always required for a carport, but there are certain conditions that must be met to qualify as a permitted development. Here are some general guidelines to consider:

timber frame car port

  1. Size: The carport must be single-story and have a maximum height of 4 meters with a maximum height of 2.5 meters at the eaves. The maximum area of the carport must not exceed 30 square meters.

  2. Location: The carport must be located at the side or front of the house, and not closer to a main road than the existing building.

  3. Material: The construction of the carport must be made from materials similar in appearance to the existing house.

  4. Design: The carport must be designed so that it is not attached to the house or a wall and does not exceed 3 meters in height if it is within 2 meters of the property boundary.

It is important to note that if your property is located in a conservation area or is a listed building, planning permission may be required regardless of whether the carport meets the above guidelines. Additionally, if you live in a flat or a maisonette, you may need to obtain permission from the local council before installing a carport. Therefore, it is always advisable to check with your local planning authority to confirm whether planning permission is required for a carport on your property.

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