Carport Building Regulations
At Pacific Patios we design and build high quality carports that are both functional as well as attractive – and we take care of the planning approval process (if required) and the building approval process for you. We are fully cognisant of Council carport regulations, guidelines and requirements.
Carport Building Regulations and Council Approvals
We are based on the Gold Coast and are highly experienced in designing and building Gold Coast carports. As a result, we are extremely well informed on Gold Coast Council carport regulations. We also design and build carports in Brisbane, the Redlands and Tweed, and therefore we are also fully up-to-date regarding the current building and planning regulations of each of these respective Councils.
When we design a carport for you, whether it is on the Gold Coast, in Brisbane, in Tweed or in Redland Bay, we have the knowledge to design around (if required) and advise you in relation to the specific council regulations and planning and building requirements. As we also take care of the application process for you and have done so many times before, you can be assured of the best outcome from the approval process.
Carport Regulations Gold Coast
The Gold Coast City Plan which sets out the rules and regulations for the City as a whole provides specific information in relation to building carports on the Gold Coast.
The good news is, if your Gold Coast carport is going to be built within the building envelope of your property you only need the assistance of a private building certifier and if the carport complies (as your building certifier advises) then you do not need to obtain planning approval from Gold Coast City Council. You will still need building approval, but your private building certifier and Pacific Patios can organise this all for you.
If, however, your new carport will encroach into a setback of your property or into the boundary clearance, then there are specific regulations and guidelines that need to be followed.
These Gold Coast Council regulations and guidelines (as at November 2018) include:-
- The height of the carport frontage at the street cannot exceed three metres in height above natural ground level.
- The total height of the carport must not exceed three and a half metres.
- Again measuring from the street elevation, a double carport cannot exceed 6 metres in width without eaves or 7.2 metres with eaves.
- A gutter on the front of a carport needs to be set back 150mm from the front property boundary.
- No carport on the Gold Coast should be closer than one and a half metres from any window in a habitable room of a neighbouring property.
- Your Gold Coast carport must not be longer than nine metres along a side or rear boundary.
- The carport should be constructed of materials compatible with those of the home and the Council prefers that the carport supports be 350mm square masonry columns.
- Australian standards apply in relation to the gradient of the carport floor.
Gold Coast Carport Building Approval Process
We at Pacific Patios have found that Council building approval process on the Gold Coast can take anywhere between one to six weeks. As we work closely with Gold Coast City Council on a regular basis you can be assured that we will do all that we can to make the approval process seamless and timely.
As noted above, we have a thorough understanding of the Gold Coast planning and building requirements, and in the design process we take these into account and will advise you of the different options should you wish to avoid the process of seeking planning approval. If the design of your carport will require planning approval, again we will advise you based on our experience how best to proceed.
Carport Regulations Brisbane
In Brisbane, like the Gold Coast, you do not need to receive planning approval from Brisbane City Council for your carport if it complies with the rules and regulations as specified by the Council. The first of these rules is that you need to ensure that the carport is to be built within a zone for which such a development is considered an accepted development.
Secondly, in Brisbane (assuming that your home is in one of the zones for which carports are considered accepted development), there are also different requirements relating to the different types of residential zones as well as the dwelling house character overlay.
Furthermore, for each of the zones there are different design requirements dependent upon dwelling house codes. If your carport complies with all the regulations above you will still need to obtain building approval, but this can be obtained through a building certifier and we at Pacific Patios can organise this for you.
On the other hand, if your planned Brisbane carport does not comply with the regulations as specified above, then it becomes an assessable development and we at Pacific Patios will assist you in your planning application.
Carport Building Regulations
To the general public, the rules and regulations regarding the addition of a carport to a home can appear very complex. However, with our help, you do not need to be an expert on Council carport regulations, as we will lift the load of this paperwork from you.
Not only will we streamline your approval process but with Pacific Patios you will have a well designed and built carport, which is not only a practical addition to protect your vehicles but can also transform the external appearance of your home. Contact us at Pacific Patios if you are seeking a carport that not only provides covered parking but also improves the street appeal and adds substantial value to your property – and you want the Council approval process handled expertly.