Carport – approval requirements

The Residential Design Codes (R-Codes) define a carport as:

“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 that door is visually permeable (see through).”

A carport may require a development approval and will require a building permit prior to being constructed.

Planning requirements

On a residential lot, carports will require development (planning) approval where the carport does not meet the requirements of the R-Codes, the City’s Residential Development Local Planning Policy, or structure plan (if applicable).

Generally, carports on a residential lot will require development approval if they are:

  • Located within the street setback area
  • Not of a material or finish that matches the dwelling
  • Setback is less than 1m from a side or rear lot boundary
  • Occupy more than 50% of the lot frontage.

Should your dwelling be located within a structure plan area, additional requirements may apply.

Carports to multiple dwellings and commercial buildings will require development (planning) approval.

Fees are in accordance with the Planning Services Fees and Charges.

Building permit requirements

A building permit application will be required for a carport.

Building permit application forms (certified or uncertified) are available from the Building Commission.

Certified building permit applications must be accompanied with a Certificate of Design Compliance.

Please refer to the City’s Uncertified Building Application Checklist – Outbuilding (Class 10a) for information required to be provided with the Building Permit Application (BA2 form).

Fees are in accordance with the Building Services Fees and Charges.