If you’re looking for more storage space in your home or a place to safely store your car near your house, then a carport could be the perfect choice for you.

In this article, we cover everything you need to know before you begin building a carport, including what they are and whether or not you need planning permission to build one on your property.

What is a Carport?

To put it simply, a carport (also called a carporch) is a structure built with the intention of housing a car.

It doesn’t have four walls or even a door and can be made from as little as a freestanding roof supported by columns. They are, however, typically connected to the side of the main building for easy access.

A carport is intended to add a semblance of protection to both your car and passengers so that when entering or leaving the vehicle, there’s less exposure to wind or rain.

Carport vs Garage

The main difference between a garage and a carport is that a garage is an entirely enclosed space intended to protect one or more vehicles. They can be integral (sharing a wall with the house) or detached (stand-alone).

A single carport attached to a house

Do You Need Planning Permission for a Carport?

In the UK, you do not need planning permission to build either a detached garage or a carport. There are, however, some conditions that need to be met. These are as follows:

  • The area used for the carport needs to be within the boundary of the property.
  • The carport needs to be no more than half the total area of the property, excluding the space of the original house.
  • No part of the carport can be in front of the principal or side elevation of the original house that faces onto a road.
  • The carport structure needs to be a maximum height of four metres.
  • The maximum eaves height of the carport is 2.5 metres if it is within two metres of the property boundary.

There are also some exceptions to needing planning permission; particularly if you live in a listed building or your home is within a World Heritage site, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty or a National Park. In these cases:

  • You may need Listed Building Consent before building a carport.
  • You may need planning permissions if the development is in an area immediately surrounding a listed building.
  • If you live in a house within a World Heritage Site, Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty or National Park and are looking to build a carport, the maximum total area of ground covered by buildings which are situated more than 20 metres from any wall of the house cannot be more than 10 square metres.

If you are unsure about whether or not your home falls under one of these categories, why not read our blog on the subject? Or, you can get in touch with your local council.

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A carport can be a great addition to your home if you’re looking for somewhere to safely store your car, bikes or tools near your home without undertaking the task of building a garage.

If you’re considering a new building project and are looking for help with planning applications in Plymouth, get in touch with us and speak to an expert member of our team today.

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Image Credit: Philipp König via Wikimedia Commons