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Max height for Porch - What is the ground level?

Discussion in 'Building Regulations and Planning Permission' started by Raji, 31 May 2014.

  1. Raji

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    Hi

    I have a question about how high a porch can be and what is the ground level assumed. The regs say that the porch must not be higher than three metres above ground level, but what is ground level. A local builder said it is the base level of the porch itself, so in the picture it would be the top of the concrete base, someone else thinks it is from the level of my patio slabs and another thinks it is the level of the adjacent driveway as it is the lowest of all three. Can anyone shed any light on this? I have added a picture below

    Cheers
    Raji


     
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    Your builder is wrong, the ground level is the highest natural existing ground level adjacent to where you measure prior to doing any work so from the top of the paving slabs.

    So if your house was on a slope then you would measure from the highest bit, though this doesn't really look like it will apply to you as ground level looks pretty level.
     
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    Classic bureaucratic twaddle

    If you are standing on the "ground floor" of your house it is the level of your floor - so why is that not considered the "ground level" if you live in a house which has a flight of steps from terra-firma to your front door.

    Alternatively if you live on the upper floor of a house accessed by an external staircase then it's likely that your porch may be limited to a matter of a couple of inches height !!
     
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    It's measured from ground level - rather than the level of the ground floor of the house - so that the porch will not look too high and out of scale with the house.
     
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    What a load of bollix.
     
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    :confused: Any porch at first floor level would be a first floor extension and so would automatically require PP even if only a couple of inches high...
     
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    Paving slabs are not natural ground.
     
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    And what about the concrete? :rolleyes: :LOL:
     
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    What about it?
     
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    I suppose that's natural is it? :mrgreen:
     
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