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UK Planning Permission for Carports or Canopies

Permitted development rights differ depending on area, council and local restrictions. In loose terms, planning permission relates to the aesthetic impact of any structure – carports, canopies and verandas included. In most cases, carports will not require planning permission, but for clarification on your specific custom canopy plans and ideas, please do not hesitate to get in touch. Rules for conservation areas and places of historic interest can be draconian but, for the majority, things are fairly straightforward. UK Planning Permission & Height Limits Our Regional Surveyors can advise on planning permission requirements and can assist if any application is required, prior to canopy installation. Regulations in Scotland and Wales differ under the jurisdiction of their respective assemblies. Fortunately our Regional Surveyors have considerable experience working within local regulations and can advise you on planning permission as well as assist when an application is required.

Standard Guidelines

The details below are from Manchester Council and can be regarded as standard guidelines for most councils:
  • As a result of the works, more than 50% of the land surrounding the original house would be covered with buildings.
  • The height of the part of the house enlarged, improved or altered exceeds the highest part of the roof of the existing house.
  • The height of the eaves of the part of the house enlarged, improved or altered exceeds the height of the eaves of the existing house. (Highest eaves on the dwelling.) The enlarged part of the house extends beyond a wall which:
    • Fronts a highway and
    • Forms either a principal (front) or side elevation of the original house.
  • The enlarged part of the house would be located within 2 metres of the property boundary and the height of the eaves of the enlarged part exceeds 3 metres.
  • The extension includes the construction of a veranda, balcony (not Juliet balconies) or raised platform (a raised platform is defined as anything more than 300mm above ground level, measured at the highest point). This will include decking and the 50% rule will also apply.
  • The extension includes the installation, alteration or replacement of microwave antenna.
  • The extension includes the installation, alteration or replacement of a chimney, flue or soil and vent pipe.
  • The extension involves alteration to any part of the roof.


Don’t worry if you’re trying to work out what this all means, we can help. Get in touch with a friendly 123v team member and we can talk you through the planning permission process, taking you one step closer to your bespoke canopy installation. For more information or to relate any queries, please call us on 0800 783 3835. When planning permission is required we can prepare all the paperwork and make the application for you. It’s all part of the service.