Pergolas, Sheds & Carports

Most building work requires that a Building Permit be obtained prior to commencement. There are exemptions in relation to the construction of certain Pergolas. Link to examples of other building works exemptions.


A Pergola is defined in the building regulations as an unroofed open structure. A Building Permit is not required for a Pergola provided that it is appurtenant to a Class 1 house, it is not more than 20m2 in area, it is located no further forward on the allotment than 2.5m forward of the front wall of the building to which it is appurtenant and is no more than 3.6m in height. If your building has a roof it not a Pergola, it is a Verandah or Carport and will need a Building Permit.

A pergola not more than 3.6m high, 20m2 in area, and located at the rear of the building to which it is appurtenant. No building permit is required.
Construction of a pergola located further forward than 2.5m forward of the front wall of the single dwelling. Yes a permit is required.


Class 10a Sheds are exempt from the requirement for a Building Permit if they are not more than 10m2 in floor area, not more than 3.0m in height (or not more than 2.4m in height if within 1.0m of a side or rear boundary), are appurtenant to another building of another class on the same allotment and are located no further forward on the allotment than the building to which they are appurtenant.

Note: It is also important to remember that you cannot site your shed over an Easement unless you have written consent from the relevant service authority or Council.

Verandahs, Carports and Garages

Construction of any Verandah, Carport or Garage does require a Building Permit.

See our forms page.

Updated : 4:13 PM, 4 March 2020

Related Links

What's Near Me?