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The popularity of the humble carport continues to climb, thanks to modern minimalist stylings and the way it can be quickly installed with minimal hassle. Carports, also known as car porches, are the perfect addition for busy Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Leicestershire homeowners who need effective weatherproof protection from the increasingly volatile British climate. Carports can also be built without having to enter the home, making it an ideal home improvement in times of lockdown and social distancing. If you can retain the performance of your vehicle for longer, then why not?

We are sure you have many questions about building a carport. The most common ones tend to focus on carport planning permission, which is why we have created this blog to help you to make an informed decision for future home improvements.

Do I need planning permission for a carport?

A Stormclad carport in white.

Similar to garages in this instance, carports are classed as outbuildings, which generally fall under ‘permitted development’ rights. So, as long as your new carport sticks to the following rules, you shouldn’t need to apply for planning permission.

  • The carport is not built on land in front of a wall that is in front of the house.
  • The carport is single storey, with maximum eaves height of 2.5 metres and a maximum overall height of 4 metres with a dual pitched roof or 3 metres for any other type of carport roof.
  • The carport does not exceed 2.5 metres in height within 2 metres of a boundary of the curtilage of the building (‘curtilage’ is the land immediately surrounding the dwelling).
  • The carport does not include any verandas, balconies or raised platforms.
  • The carport covers no more than half the area of land around the original house (the term ‘original house’ means as it was when it was first built, so this excludes extensions that may have been built by previous owners).
  • The maximum area to be covered by a carport built in National Parks, the Broads, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and World Heritage Sites that are more than 20 metres from the house are limited to 10 square metres.

When is planning permission needed for a carport?

  • Carports that are build at the side of properties on designated land will require planning permission (designated land includes conservation areas, National Parks, the Broads, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and World Heritage Sites).
  • Carports built within the curtilage of listed buildings will also require planning permission.

The permitted development limitations we have listed apply to houses only. Please visit the official Government Planning Portal for further information regarding carports for flats, maisonettes, converted houses, other buildings and areas where there may be additional restrictions on your permitted development rights, e.g. an Article 4 Direction.

So, can I build a carport without planning permission?

Yes, a carport can be installed without planning permission, given that it abides by the planning portal’s reasonable requirements. These regulations will be specific to each property and area, so it’s best to speak to an expert who can provide thorough advice.

A free standing carport’s planning permission requirements are the same as a standard carport installation. As long as they comply with specific development standards in the policy, then you won’t need to apply for planning permission.

How much does a carport cost to install?

A Stormclad carport in dark brown.

Generally eliminating the need for planning permission, carports are also an attractive prospect to homeowners who are constrained by budget. Somewhat cheaper than a garage, carports also save energy as their transparent roofs flood the space with light, eliminating the need for artificial lighting. And the combination of self-cleaning glass, a life expectancy of up to 25 years and a comprehensive 10-year guarantee make a carport installation from Stormclad a worthwhile addition to any home in Nottingham, Derby or Leicester.

Of course, the pricing of your new carport all depends on the layout of your home and the positioning of your carport. Individually pricing your project, with Stormclad there is no need to worry. Our technical Surveyor will review your individual project, advise whether you need planning permission and fully manage the application from start to finish.

Modern carport in front of house ideas

If you’re looking for modern carport designs and ideas, we’ve installed plenty of them across the East Midlands. From traditional wood effect carports to complement heritage properties, to contemporary monochrome carports.

Popular modern carport designs include sleek grey, black and white which will add a sleek touch to the front of any house. We’ll add the finishing touches to ensure it adds kerb appeal to the front of your property and perfectly suits your individual requirements. You’ll soon be the envy of your neighbours with a brand new carport installation that is custom-designed for you.

High quality carport installations from leading experts

From stylish lean to carports to ample double carports, if you’re looking for a cost-effective, high quality shelter for your car, you’re in the right place. Get in touch to share your carport ideas and discuss our stunning range of powder coated aluminium carports further with a seasoned expert who will be happy to help.

Read our related carport blogs and planning permission posts:

Carport vs Garage

Carport & Veranda FAQs

Do you need planning permission for a conservatory?