What approvals do I need? - Carports

Description A carport is a roofed structure designed to accommodate one or more motor vehicles unenclosed except to the extent that it abuts a dwelling or a property boundary on one side, and being without a door unless the door is visually permeable.
Do I need approval?

planning approval will NOT be required if the Carport is compliant with the Residential Design Codes in the following zones:

  • Residential 
  • Mixed Use
  • Business
  • Commercial
  • Rural Community
  • Special Residential

In the following zones a planning approval is always required for a Carport:

  • Rural Resource
  • General Rural
  • Special Rural  

Please note: A planning approval should be obtained prior to submitting for a building permit.


A building permit is required for a carport.

What do I need to submit?


  • Completed Development Application Form and checklist
  • Relevant fees (refer to the Planning and Sustainability Fee Schedule, item number 1)
  • 1 x copy of site plan - drawn to scale at not less than 1:200 (showing setbacks to the front, side and rear boundaries)
  • 1 x copy of floor plan - drawn to scale of 1:100 or 1:200
  • 1 x copy of elevations - drawn to scale of 1:100 or 1:200, showing the height to eaves and height to roof pitch (engineering drawings DO NOT constitute an elevation)



  • A completed Application for Building permit - BA2 form
  • Relevant fees
  • 1x copy of a site plan. The site plan at a minimum scale of 1:200, showing contour survey or spot levels, proposed finished floor level, the distance the proposed garage/carport will be setback from the lot boundaries and any other buildings on the lot, (including retaining walls) septic systems & north point
  • 1x copy of the floor plan, elevations and sections at a minimum scale of 1:100, showing all dimensions
  • 1x copy of the construction details showing materials to be used, their respective sizes, spacing and spans, footing and flooring details
  • 1x Engineers details (if required) - It is also at the discretion of the Building Surveyor assessing the plans as to whether engineering details will be required for garage proposals
  • Notice and request for consent for encroachment or adversely affect (if required) - BA20 form


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