Front House Extension Rules: Can You Extend

Whenever you plan to add a front house extension, there are some rules that you need to follow. Like any other house extension, there are some limits on how high, wide and far you can go. If the design does not comply with these rules then you have to apply for planning permission.

It does not mean that this process is negative. It is just difficult and can make your project stressful. Furthermore, it can take many weeks to complete and will cost you extra money. Anyhow, if you are following the rules then you can skip this process and build a front house extension. You can add a room to the front of your house without any worry.

The rules with this type of extensions are very strict. The reason is that you are extending towards the front of the house. It means towards a public highway and hence there are stringent rules.

On the other hand, this type of extension provides you with options to have extra space for living and make some changes to the exterior. You can use this space to build a lounge, kitchen, or a bedroom.

The rules for a front extension are very much similar to the side and rear extension. There are lots of things to consider before you start work. If you want to extend the front, you first need to check whether there is already an extension, because the rules can be different if you already had an extension.

To avoid the daunting process of planning permission, you need to build the extension within “Permitted Development”.

It is better to contact previous owners before starting the work.

Front House Extension Rules to Follow

Some of the rules are as follows:

  • The size of the front house extension should not be greater than the land around the house.
  • You can make an extension higher than the existing roof.
  • You need to make sure that the materials you are using are the same.
  • If your house situated near the public highway; you cannot build an extension under permitted development rights.