- Project plans
- Project activities
- Legislation and standards
- Industry context
Last edited 31 Mar 2020
The term 'principal elevation' typically refers to the front elevation of a dwellinghouse. The front elevation of most dwellinghouses faces a road. However, where it is not obvious which elevation is the principal elevation, other factors may be considered, including:
- The position of the main door.
- The position of windows.
- The relationship to the road.
- Boundary treatments.
There can only be one principal elevation.
Permitted development rights for householders, Technical Guidance, published by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government in September 2019 suggests that:
‘...in most cases the principal elevation will be that part of the house which fronts (directly or at an angle) the main highway serving the house (the main highway will be the one that sets the postcode for the house concerned). It will usually contain the main architectural features such as main bay windows or a porch serving the main entrance to the house. Usually, but not exclusively, the principal elevation will be what is understood to be the front of the house... There will only be one principal elevation on a house. Where there are two elevations which may have the character of a principal elevation, for example on a corner plot, a view will need to be taken as to which of these forms the principal elevation.’
 Related articles on Designing Buildings Wiki
Featured articles and news
Smart mapping approaches for building better infrastructure.
The importance of emergency planning.
Eight forms of resource optimisation.
CIOB responds to Chancellor Sunak's announcement on jobs and the economy.
Revised guide to competition rules available.
Brick slip soffit systems and intricate brick features.
An innovative engineering approach could have had tragic consequence for NYC.
Some secrets behind how canals work.
Breaking down possible steps of pre-contract management.
ICE event includes comments from Welsh Government Minister Julie James.
Designing Buildings Wiki becomes the world's first website to adopt the new knowledge standard.