Outside electric meter becoming inside because of porch

Hi
I am planning on building a porch. Our electric meter is outside and the porch will cover it meaning it will then be inside. Is this OK or is there a reason it should be outside? The porch does not have planning as it is within permitted development

Thanks

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  • Ant555
    Ant555 Posts: 1,569 Forumite
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    Its typically only outside to make it easier to read by third parties - there is no environmental or technical reason for it to remain there.
    I had one once that was inside the house in a box in what used to be the garage - my current one is outside but behind a locked gate so meter reader company need me to be in anyway.

    In the absence of a smart meter, it just means you have to let the meter reader in.

    Just make sure the meter remains reasonably accessible in case it ever needs to be changed.
  • roger-w5
    roger-w5 Posts: 70 Forumite
    usually its not a problem,just get an electrician on site and discuss.
  • Ant555
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    edited 18 June 2018 at 3:46PM
    roger-w5 wrote: »
    usually its not a problem,just get an electrician on site and discuss.

    I read the OP's post to mean that the meter is staying where it is and the new porch is simply being built around it so ultimately it would then be 'indoors' (ie meter will find itself inside the newly built porch but physically staying exactly where it was in the first place)
    If this is the case then no electrician will be needed.
  • roger-w5
    roger-w5 Posts: 70 Forumite
    ^ there are regulations to consider,have done this type of work before,our electrician noted approval from the local DNO was required due to the existing electric inlet supply will now be under a structure.

    We had to pay the DNO to encase their mains cable in duct work to provide protection under the wall and in the new floor,they also buried it at a lower depth. cost £600+vat.
    At the end of the day it was a nice neat job and safe.
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