A carport can be an extremely useful structure that allows individuals to both protect their cars and add value to their property. They’re also a great option for people who don’t have the space or the financial means to build a garage or those who have garages that are being used for other purposes. However, a carport is still a structure and has regulations that go into construction.
Carport regulations can be confusing since they vary across states and even from council to council. This article will discuss the standard carport regulations across Australia and delve into some of the main regulations covered by each state. Read on to determine how size, distance from the boundary, and materials used can influence carport regulations.
Australian Capital Territory (ACT)
As long as some design considerations are met, building or erecting a carport is possible without any approvals or regulations. This makes Canberra’s carport regulations some of the most relaxed in the country. In order for you to forego approvals, your carport has to:
- Be less than 50 square metres.
- The tops of the walls must be 3 metres or less above ground level.
- Have walls on a maximum of two sides.
- In some cases, the roof can extend to 4 metres if the pitch of the roof is 30° or less.
If you live in Queensland, you can only build a carport on your property if you have a house on it. Additionally, if you’re building a new house, the carport designs should be submitted in the application process for your house.
In Tasmania, it’s important to keep an eye on planning regulations. If you intend for your carport to be larger than 18 square metres (non-prefabricated) or 36 square metres (prefabricated), you have to hire a licensed builder instead of constructing it yourself. For any carport over 18 square metres, you have to notify the council when the construction is complete.
If you’re in the Northern Territory, there are no exemptions to needing council approval.
New South Wales
New South Wales has a number of restrictions in place. If your property is on a heritage or draft heritage item or foreshore, you must always get building approval in advance. Additionally, if your house is on land that is prone to bushfires, it’s vital to use non-combustible materials during construction if the carport is within 5 metres of another structure.
Another carport regulation to keep in mind is ensuring it is at least one metre behind the property boundary if the carport will be facing a public road. Furthermore, in New South Wales, you’re restricted to having the same carports as dwellings. Therefore, if you have a single house on your property, you’re restricted to one carport.
In South Australia, keeping an eye on the following rules can help you skip council approval:
- Ensure that the carport is less than 15 square metres.
- Ensure that the carport is less than 10 square metres if you’re in a Historic Conservation Area.
- There’s less than 3 metres distance between posts.
- The carport is not attached to another building.
- It is 2.5 metres or less above ground level.
- The carport must be 6 metres away from intersections and 90 cm away from secondary street boundaries.
Victoria requires council approval unless you meet the following carport regulations:
- 10 square metres or less floor area.
- 3m or shorter at every point.
- Must be more than 2 metres away from your boundary line.
- The carport cannot be a masonry project.
- It cannot be connected to your home.
Carport regulations in Western Australia vary widely. For example, while carports as a whole need to be a certain distance from your property boundary, this distance is different for different areas. The need for a building permit also differs depending on the council.
There, it’s essential to keep carport regulations in mind before building or installing one. This way, you can ensure that all requirements have been met beforehand.