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Planning Permission requirements for a canopy, veranda or carport

Planning permission and/or building regulations are sometimes required before a canopy, veranda or carport can be installed, this is dependent on a number of factors including the area the structure will cover, the height and whether a building is a listed building or on designated land.

We advise contacting your local planning department for specific advice.

Permitted development rights allow householders to improve and extend their homes without the need to apply for planning permission where that would be out of proportion with the impact of works carried out

We suggest the following checklist is reviewed for standard dwelling properties and if compliant planning will not be required.


  1. The new product shall not be wider than the existing building.
  2. The maximum depth for a single storey building shall be 3000mm for an attached building and 4000mm for a detached building.
  3. The maximum height shall be 4000mm.
  4. The maximum height of the eaves within 2000mm from the boundary shall be no greater than 3000mm.
  5. No raised platforms.
  6. No extension in front of the main elevation or side elevation fronting a public highway.
  7. The total area of ground covered by the new product shall not exceed 50% of the land around the original house.

Properties such as flats, apartments, maisonettes and any property that is within a conservation area or has listed buildings will require planning permission.