Planning Permission for a Carport

Matt Keane
August 2, 2023

Are you unsure if you need planning permission for your upcoming carport? Simply put, most carports are viewed as home additions and often don't need planning permissions. 

Read this blog post to learn everything about getting permissions (if required), rules, and unexpected issues you might face when trying to set up a shelter for your car. 

By the end, getting approval will feel like smooth driving!

Do I Need Planning Permission for a Carport?

Understanding the regulations and factors that could impact planning permission is essential when considering the installation of a carport.

Understanding the regulations

It's imperative to grasp the regulations linked with planning permission for a carport. Although carports are often viewed as domestic outbuildings, which typically don't require much paperwork, it doesn't mean rules can be disregarded.

Some conditions need to be fulfilled in order for your carport project to fall under permitted development rights. Understanding these limitations, such as size restrictions or location guidelines, is key before starting the construction process.

Similarly, enclosing a carport might trigger the requirement for formal planning consent due to changes in use and structural modifications involved. It's always safe to check your specific situation against existing regulation codes before proceeding with your plan.

Factors that could impact planning permission

Here are some factors to consider that could impact planning permission for your carport:

  1. Location: The placement of the carport on your property can affect whether or not planning permission is required.
  2. Size and dimensions: The size and dimensions of the carport may have restrictions depending on local regulations.
  3. Design and appearance: Certain design elements or architectural features may require additional approval.
  4. Enclosing the carport: If you plan to enclose the carport, it may require separate planning permission.
  5. Neighbors and community considerations: Nearby properties and community regulations could influence whether planning permission is needed.

Carport Planning Permission Guidelines

In this section, we will provide an overview of the regulations and limitations regarding planning permission for carports in Ireland as well as information on obtaining the necessary permits.

Overview of regulations and limitations

Understanding the regulations and limitations surrounding planning permission for a carport is essential before proceeding with any construction plans. In general, carports are considered domestic outbuildings and fall under permitted development rules, meaning that most likely you do not need to obtain planning permission.

However, it is crucial to adhere to certain guidelines and restrictions when building a carport. These include factors such as the location of the carport on your property, its dimensions and specifications, and whether you plan to enclose it.

Keep in mind that enclosing a carport may require separate planning permission. By familiarizing yourself with these regulations, you can ensure a smooth process when obtaining the necessary permits for your carport installation.

Obtaining the necessary permits

To install a carport, it is important to obtain the necessary permits. Here are the steps to follow:

  1. Research local regulations: Understand the specific carport planning permission guidelines in your area.
  2. Check permitted development rules: Most likely, you won't need planning permission as carports usually fall under permitted development rules.
  3. Consult with local authorities: It's a good idea to speak with your local planning department or council for clarification on any requirements or restrictions.
  4. Prepare documents: Gather all necessary documents such as construction plans, blueprints, and front elevation drawings for your carport.
  5. Submit your application: Complete the required application forms and submit them along with any supporting documents to the planning department.
  6. Pay any fees: Depending on your location, there may be fees associated with obtaining planning permission for your carport.
  7. Wait for approval: The processing time for planning permission applications can vary, so be patient while waiting for a decision.
  8. Make adjustments if needed: If there are any issues or complications with your application, work with the authorities to address them and make any required adjustments.
  9. Start construction once approved: Once you receive approval, you can proceed with building your carport following the regulations and guidelines provided.

Exceptions to Planning Permission Requirements

In some cases, planning permission may not be necessary for the construction of a carport.

When planning permission may not be necessary

  • Carports that are within the height and size limitations set by permitted development rules.
  • Carports that are positioned in the rear or side of a property, away from public view.
  • Carports that do not have any impact on the appearance or character of the surrounding area.
  • Carports that do not require any major construction work or alterations to the existing property.
  • Carports that are made from materials that are in line with permitted development guidelines.
  • Carports that are open - sided and do not have enclosing walls or doors.
  • Carports that are temporary structures and can be easily removed if necessary.

Alternative options for carport installation

Here are some alternative options for installing a carport:

  • Opt for a portable carport that can be easily assembled and disassembled.
  • Consider a freestanding carport that doesn't require any attachment to existing structures.
  • Explore the option of a carport canopy, which provides coverage without enclosing the sides.
  • Look into using a carport kit, which usually comes with all the necessary materials and instructions for installation.
  • Consider an attached carport that can be added to the side or back of your existing house.


When it comes to planning permission for a carport, the good news is that most homeowners in Ireland won't need to worry about it. Carports are typically considered domestic outbuildings and fall under permitted development rules.

As long as you follow the guidelines and regulations for carport construction, obtaining planning permission should be straightforward. So go ahead and protect your vehicles with a stylish and practical carport without the hassle of seeking special approval.

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