Pergolas, Sheds and Carports

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Most building work requires that you obtain a Building Permit before you commence building activities. There are exemptions relating to the construction of certain Pergolas.

Pergolas

A Pergola is defined in the building regulations as an unroofed open structure.

A Building Permit is not required for a Pergola, provided that it is:

  • attached to a Class 1 house
  • not more than 20m2 in area
  • not more than 3.6m in height
  • located no further forward on the allotment than 2.5m forward of the front wall of the building to which it is attached, or located at the rear of the building to which it is attached.  

A permit is required when:

  • Your building has a roof, this is deemed to be a verandah or carport and will need a building permit.
  • Your pergola is located more than 2.5m forward of the front wall of a single dwelling.

Sheds

Class 10a sheds do not require a building permit if they are:

  • not more than 10m2 in floor area,
  • not more than 3m in height (or not more than 2.4m in height if within 1m of a side or rear boundary)
  • are attached to another building of another class on the same allotment
  • are located no further forward on the allotment than the building to which they are attached.

Note: It is also important to remember that you cannot site your shed over an easement unless you have written consent from the relevant service authority or Council.

Verandahs, Carports and Garages

Construction of any verandah, carport or garage does require a building permit.