Planning permission requirements for carports. Things to consider before buying a timber carport

The carport is definitely a great investment both in terms of practicality and cost. As a long-term investment, a carport can help you to take care of your vehicle as well as greatly alleviate your everyday life. In addition, carports are easy to assemble and perfectly serve as additional storage space and shaded area for kids play corner. However, before purchasing any timber structure, regardless if it is a carport, a gazebo or a log cabin, find out if you will require planning permission for it! Are you looking for some planning permission advice? Keep reading to find out more about the planning permission requirements for carports!

Is planning permission required for timber carports?

You may have heard that planning permission is required if you want to rebuild your house, build an extension or a certain type of garden house. But is it necessary to apply for planning permission if you want to erect a carport on your property? Since carports, along with other timber structures like garages, gazebos, and pavilions, are considered to be permitted development, planning permission is not required for carports. However, keep in mind that, even for timber carports, a set of exceptions must be respected to avoid the need for planning permission.

Limits and conditions

If you want to erect a timber carport on your property without planning permission, make sure that the following limits and conditions are met:

  • No outbuilding on land forward of a wall forming the principal elevation;
  • The maximum height of 2,5m in case the structure is within two meters of a boundary of the curtilage of the dwellinghouse;
  • The structure is not larger than 50% of the total area of your property around the original house.

Please remember that planning permission regulation may vary between counties and municipalities. Moreover, for conservation areas a greater range of additions need planning permission.  Therefore, to find out all the details, we advise you to contact your local planning authority.

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