canopy over window/door

November 24, 2009 by dave bayley in forum Planning Forum

#16 dave bayley, 24 November 2009, 13:42

Can anyone please advise, do I need planning permission to fit a small pitched tiled canopy across the front of my detached house?

The canopy will project approximately 1mtr from the front of house elevation and be 5 mtr from the proterty boundary.
It will be supported off the brickwork by gallows type brackets.
I have looked on the gov-planning portal but can't find any info.
Dave B.

#24 andy johnson, 24 January 2010, 08:23

Dear Dave,

I apologise for just picking up on this but this is the first time I have visited this website and I am sure by now you have had your question answered. If your proposal doesn't create any usable space, then in my opinion you don't actually require permission for it.

#25 Nadine Head, 25 January 2010, 13:03

Do I need planning to remove an existing external window and replace with French doors?

#26 mark andrews, 26 January 2010, 12:36

Dear Nadine,

If the property you live in is Listed or indeed within a Conservation Area where an Article 4 Direction applies, you may well have an issue. Otherwise, you won't require planning permission. You will however have an issue in respect of Building Regulations and this is something you must look into particularly if you are creating a larger opening.


#29 james, 2 May 2010, 22:16

we have just built a shed/garage wooden to fit in with landscape it is 19ftx 19ft6" and is under 3 metres high, it has no doors at present, i read loads before building it and thought it did not need planning, does it? it is 54" from house wall and well within boundry, how big can you build a shed in the uk without planning permission.

#56 Linda Kinnane, 23 February 2011, 10:10


My neighbour has built a canopy over their front door which encrouhes on my lounge window, this has also created alot of rain water to run down my external wall and window. Can they do this without permission? If yes, what advise can you give me? Kind regards Linda

#58 richard norris, 23 February 2011, 17:48

Normally, if you are not creating usable space, you won't need planning permission and therefore, in planning terms, there is little that can be done. However, if it physically straddles the common bounbdary and is built on your land, then this is a civil matter and something you could take up with your solicitor. The fact that water is running down your external wall sounds like poor detailing to me and theoretically, this should not be happening. The whole purpose of a canopy is to keep the users of the building dry and in doing so, keep the baric of the building dry too. I suggest you speak to your local building control team and ask what if anything can be done to address this nuisance issue.

#60 Paul, 14 March 2011, 12:01

I can see my question has been more or less answered however I still would like to be double sure.
I would like to erect a canopy which extends the length of my house which is approx. 9 meters; the depth of the canopy will be 0.9 metres from the wall and no more than 3 meters high. It will be a good 4/5 meters away from the highway. In addition to this which I don't know might require a separate planning permission application (if anyone can tell me) it will be held up by 4 fibreglass column pillars.
There are two similar properties on my road with such designs.
Could anyone please advise.
Many Thanks,

#61 Richard S, 14 March 2011, 17:34


As I understand it, provided you are not creating usable space then your canopy will not require planning permission.



#74 mark danks, 17 June 2011, 12:11

What is the planning definition of useable space ?. ( I ask this because all space is useable in everday terms ..for sitting in ..for covered working .. also an awning could be attached to a canopy for summer days how can space be defined as non-useable ) . Possibly such uses are temorary uses therefore planning p. is not required .

#75 mark danks, 17 June 2011, 12:14

What is the planning definition of useable space ?. ( I ask this because all space is useable in everday terms ..for sitting in ..for covered working .. also an awning could be attached to a canopy for summer days how can space be defined as non-useable ) . Possibly such uses are temporary uses therefore planning p. is not required .

#222 Sukru Akgul, 20 May 2012, 19:37

Do i need planning permission for 3.5metres wide patio awning for back of my house.

#278 Salvatore Consolino, 14 January 2013, 12:20

What's the definition of "usable space"? I intend to put up a projection patio canopy with posts 2.5m in height and 4m projection. The canopy is attached to the back of my house and will extend over a concrete patio already there. The patio canopy materials consists of: Powdercoated Aluminium Eaves Beam and Glazing Panels (White or Brown Frame); Polycarbonate Glazing (Opal, Clear or Bronze Tinted Roof Panels). Advance thanks. Best regards, Sal

#354 nigel barton, 28 December 2013, 18:42

I would like to build a patio with a timber roof, can anyone tell me if I need planning permission please

#483 r j samuel, 27 June 2016, 21:19

I would like to erect a door canopy over my front door which opens directly onto a public pavement.The porch height will be 2.8m off pavement and clearance from outer edge of canopy to edge of kerb will be .66m. can anyone tell me if I need planning permission please. much apprieciated.

#492 Russell jarvis, 26 August 2016, 18:21

Do I need planning permission to have a canopy oboe my front door to stop rain penetrating

#493 Russell jarvis, 26 August 2016, 18:21

Do I need planning permission to have a canopy oboe my front door to stop rain penetrating

#578 kristian taylor, 5 April 2018, 22:58

I live in an ex local authority mid terrace house. I am shortly planning to build a canopy just narrower than the full 17/18 ft width of my house. The canopy will go over my front door and living room window and will protrude forwards about 50cm. Does this need any planning permission? Many thanks. Kris T

#618 Wendy Hardman, 10 February 2019, 10:29

hi Kristian im going to do the same what was your out come

#621 Chris hawkins, 17 February 2019, 16:56

Electric canopy front of house to cover drive when working on car on drive, closed only protrudes 2 feet, open protrudes 9 feet. This will be 7 feet from the highway (main road) when fully open, but retracts back to closed 2 feet which is 14 feet from the highway (main road). The height can be set at 3 metres, but ideally would be better at 4 metres..

If anyone can advise that would be great..

Kind regards

#643 Paplu, 3 June 2019, 15:24

Hi, I just erected less than 3 meters canopy adjacent to my kitchen. Our property is in conservation area, do I need planning permission.
Many thanks

#677 Bart Hart, 4 October 2019, 18:38


We looking for some advice.

I recently build in our (we rent this property) back garden wooden frame for canopy (no walls just see through roof) to be covered with 10mm clear/transparent twinwall polycarbonate roof sheets. Dimensions are approx. 6360 mm width, 3500 mm depth, height at the higher end 2850 mm, height at the lower end 2300 mm and it is build roughly 400mm from the boundary.

After erecting the frame we had visit from council official to discuss if we will need planning permission. (We didn't know that we would need one before, but one of the neighbors was "kind" enough to inform council). Council replied after 2 weekes saying that we will need planning permision. We understand that.

We are happy to pay the £190 for planning permission if we were sure that it wont be dismissed.

Our question is: how do you see our chances of getting planning permission and do you have any tips or advices how we could adjust the project to get more chances to get permission?

We was originally going to add wall (made of this same material as roof) on neighbors side of the canopy but we think that will reduce our chances to get permission because of reducing amount of light going to next door's windows.

Thank you.

#804 Oliver Gibbs, 3 September 2020, 22:09

Hi, do I need planning permission to change a flat bay window roof to a pitched slated roof at the front of the house? Thanks

#806 Damian, 3 September 2020, 23:05

As this would be an alteration to the front/principal elevation of the property, formal Planning approval would normally be required.

Just a side note, no harm in creating a new thread/topic as opposed to tagging on to one that was created 11 years ago.

#962 Barbara McCarthy , 5 March 2021, 15:18

Can I put up a canopy over my front door ,you step straight onto the pavement from the doorway.

#963 Damian, 5 March 2021, 21:10

You should not require Planning, but check to see if it would require any form of Highways approval. This would be your County and not Local Council.

#987 Nick Miller, 11 April 2021, 17:25

I live in an AONB. Will I need planning permission for a pitched tiled canopy along the back of my house (not visible from anywhere except my own back garden)? Can't find info on this topic anywhere!

#991 Damian, 18 April 2021, 14:51

Do you think it would be classed as a veranda because if so, that will require Planning?

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