Do I need planning permission for a carport?

Do I need planning permission for a carport?

Date Posted

10th April 2020




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 in Nottingham, Derby or Leicester?


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 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.

How much does a carport cost in the East Midlands?

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.

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