Patios, Pergolas & Shade Sails

A patio is an unenclosed structure that may or may not be, attached to a dwelling, and is roofed with a water impervious material. Pergolas and shade sails are open-framed structures covered in a water permeable material or are unroofed. They may or may not be attached to a dwelling.

Do I require building approval?

Patios are exempt from requiring a building approval if they are freestanding, less than 10m2 and no greater than 2.4m in height. Shade sails are assessed as patios.

Pergolas are exempt from requiring a building approval if they are less than 20m2 and no greater than 2.4m high.

What documents do I need for a Building Permit application?

  • Completed application form with all owners noted and the builder’s and applicant’s sections completed and signed
  • Applicable fees (please see fee schedule)
  • Certificate of design compliance (only if submitting a BA1 – Certified Building Application)
  • Site plan at a minimum scale of 1:200 showing:

               - Showing the location of the proposed structure(s);

               - Setbacks from the lot boundaries and all other buildings on the property.

               - Dimensions of the proposed structure

  • Elevations at a minimum scale of 1:100 showing:

               - Heights

  • Engineering details signed by a structural engineer will be required for all steel framed structures and shade sails showing:

              - Footing details

              - Construction details

  • Show the proposed method of stormwater management such as soak wells or a rainwater tank
  • If the Patio, pergola or shade sail is within 6m of a dwelling it may require a Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) Assessment if your property is located in a designated bushfire prone area. Check the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) Bushfire prone areas map to see if your property is located in a bushfire prone area. Depending on the result of the BAL assessment there may be additional construction requirements to reduce the risk of ignition due to bushfire

Will any other approvals be required?

In some cases, a planning approval will be required prior to the approval of the Building Permit. Please note that further information may be requested before a building permit is issued.

For further information, please contact Building Services on 9526 1111.