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What approvals do I need? - Shade sails

Description A shade sail is a shade cloth structure designed to provide permanent shade that is attached to steel posts, the dwelling or surrounding structures. If a non-pervious roof covering is to be used, ie. canvas sheeting, please also refer to the Patios information page.
Do I need approval?

Planning Approval (also referred to as Development Approval) is only exempt from requiring approval where it is in a Residential zone. Where planning approval is required, it must be obtained prior to a building permit being issued.

A Building Permit is required for a proposed shade sail when the structure exceeds 20m2.

A building permit is not required for a shade sail that is less than 20m2 and less than 2.4m in height unless there is already an existing shade sail on the property.

What do I need to submit?


Please refer to the City's DA Checklist - Residential Additions for a complete list of the information required to apply for planning approval.


Please refer to the City's Pergolas, Shade Sails & Vergolas Information Sheet for a complete list of the information required to apply for a building permit.

If your structure has already been constructed without prior approvals and/or permits, please refer to our Unauthorised Works page which includes a separate application checklist.

Fees & Lodgement


Please refer to the below page for further information regarding application fees.

Planning and Building Application Fees


The City's preferred method for submitting Planning and Building applications is online. Please refer to the below links to lodge an application.

Online Planning Forms

Online Building Forms

Do not hesitate to contact the City on 9405 5000 if you have any queries prior to lodgement.