Garage – approval requirements
The Residential Design Codes (R-Codes) define a garage as:
“Any roofed structure, other than a carport, designed to accommodate one or more motor vehicles and attached to the dwelling.”
If the garage is not attached to the main house, it is classified as an outbuilding.
- Setback from the primary street (street that house faces) of 4.5 metres, and 0.5 metres behind the dwelling alignment
- Setback from the side boundary of one metre (wall length less than 9.0 metres) or 1.5 metres (wall length longer than 9.0m). A boundary wall may be permitted if there are no other boundary walls on the property, and subject to the height and length requirements of the Residential Design Codes
- The design of the garage matching the house in terms of materials, colour, roof pitch and design
- The garage for a single storey dwelling not occupying more than 50% of the frontage
Should your house be located in a structure plan area, additional requirements may apply.
Development (planning) approval will be required where the requirements of the R-Codes, Residential Development Local Planning Policy, or structure plan (if applicable) are not met. An application will need to demonstrate that the garage meets the objectives, or design principles.
A building permit application is required for all garages.