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What approvals do I need? - Pergolas

Description A pergola is an unroofed open framework structure used for shading and screening – covering is limited to battens, open lattice and/or shade cloth.
Do I need approval?

Planning

No planning approval is required for a pergola.

Building

Pergolas need a building permit when the structure exceeds 20m2. A permit is not required for a pergola that is less than 20m2 and less than 2.4m in height unless there is already an existing pergola on the property.

What do I need to submit?

Building

Uncertified

  • A completed Application for Building Permit - BA2 form
  • A completed Certificate of Design Compliance
  • Relevant fees
  • 1x copy of a site plan. The site plan must be drawn at a minimum scale of 1:200, the distance the pergola will be setback from the lot boundaries and any other structures on the lot.
  • 1x copy of the floor plan/elevations/sections drawn at a minimum scale of 1:100, showing all dimensions.
  • 1x copy of the construction details showing materials to be used, their respective sizes, spaces and spans.
  • 1x copy of connection details to the existing main roof frame and anchorage to footings, including dimensions.
  • 1x copy of engineers details (required for most shade sails).
  • Notice and request for consent for encroachment or adversely affect (if required) - BA20 form

Certified

  • A completed Application for Building permit - BA1 form
  • A completed Certificate of Design Compliance
  • Relevant fees
  • 1 x copy of all technical documents noted on the Certificate of Design Compliance
  • Notice and request for consent for encroachment or adversely affect (if required) - BA20 form
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