Brisbane Council Carport Building Regulations

Find Out If You Need Approval To Build Carports

Building carports in Brisbane

When you are in the process of building a carport, or anything for that matter, you will want to consider the council regulations that govern the building of such a construction.

There are several things that you will want to research as it pertains to this. Without the proper vetting of the property, you can be possibly required to at least pay fines and at the most remove the addition.

The last thing that you want to do is pay up to $10,000 for a carport just to be told that it needs to be removed.

While a professional installer will be able to guide you in the right direction and may even fill out the paperwork for you, the responsibility ultimately resides with you. So, without further ado, lets get started in our research.

Queensland Development Code [QDC] 

Let’s first take a look at how the Queensland Development Code defines a carport. A carport is a class 10a structure that provides covered vehicular parking but is not a garage. A carport is considered open if it has two or more open sides, and if the roof covering adjacent to that side is not less than 500mm from another structure or a side or rear allotment border; and at least one-third of its circumference is open. Learn more here about Carport Building Code.

What does Brisbane City Plan 2014 say about Carports?

A carport can be built as part of a dwelling house. This is according to Brisbane City Plan 2014. A ‘dwelling home’ is a single-dwelling residential use of premises for a single household. Outbuildings and works generally connected with a home are included in the use.

A carport or garage is permitted development in the following zones:

  • Environmental management zone
  • Emerging community zone
  • Rural zone
  • Rural residential zone
  • Township zone

Do I need a Council Approval to Build a Carport?

A carport or garage is considered an accepted development. Hence, it does not require Brisbane City Council approval. For your project, you will not require anything in writing from Council.

The proposal becomes assessable development if it does not meet all of the listed standards. You’ll need to submit a planning application.

If you wish to create a carport but your building isn’t a residence, you’ll need to apply for planning permission from Brisbane City Council because your project won’t be considered acceptable development, subject to conditions. Under the Planning Act of 2016, a development application is a request for development authorization. Section 2 of the Planning Act of 2016 described development as:

  • Performing construction work
  • Work on the plumbing or drainage system
  • Operational duties
  • Reconfiguration

You will need to apply if your carport construction coincides with any of these developments. It’s also possible that your project is an assessable development. When a planning application is necessary, only the performance outcomes that the proposal fails to satisfy are evaluated. Assessment is part of the planning application for any other complying acceptable outcomes. When the site location is inside a neighborhood plan area or a relevant overlay, your proposal may be assessable development and require Council permission.

What are the Carport Requirements?

Carport Building Requirements

A dwelling house code is a broad set of guidelines. This assures that structures in residential areas are both sustainable and appropriate. Plus, it should provide a livable, safe, and appealing environment for everyone who lives in the neighborhood.

In essence, the design of your carport must adhere to the area’s dwelling house character overlay as well as the dwelling house regulation. Also, check to see if your building is located within a neighborhood plan area, as this may limit the type of carport you can create.

Key Facts About Your Property

Should you not know what type of zone that your property is located in click here, go to essential facts about your property. Here you will be able to find out if your property does or does not have a dwelling house character overlay, what zone it is a part of, and if it is located within the confines of a neighborhood or if it is a part of an overlay.

Whether it has a dwelling house character overlay

The Dwelling house character overlay specifies locations where particular regulations for dwellings (such as height) are required to safeguard an area’s residential character. This includes houses on small lots.

A carport or garage is an accepted development. This means it does not require council approval. However, it is still subject to the restrictions of your property’s zone. Plus, the Dwelling home character overlay.

Which zone it is located in

There are several different zones in which your dwelling may be located in. Some of them are:

  • Residential zone with a low population density
  • Zone with a low-to-medium density
  • Residential zone with a medium density
  • Area with a distinct personality.

Your design must meet all of the Dwelling House Code’s standards for each of these zones. If the house is on a small lot, it must meet all of the Dwelling house (small lot) code’s criteria. Check to see if your home is in a neighborhood plan area. Also, if it’s covered by an overlay.  This is because it’s possible that this will affect the assessment category.

Whether it is located in a neighborhood plan area or within an overlay

If the home is located in an area within a neighborhood plan or overlay. Accepted development no longer needs an approval. For your project, you will not require anything in writing from Council. The proposal becomes assessable development if it does not meet all of the listed standards. You’ll need to submit a planning application.

Building Approval

Most construction projects necessitate a building permit. A private building certifier will analyze your planned project and determine if it fits the requirements for a building permit. They do it by applying the current Building Code of Australia’s safety, health, amenity, and sustainability standards, as well as any applicable legislation.

If you’re building a new home and want to add a garage or carport, you’ll need to get approval as part of your building application. Building a garage or carport on a property with an existing house will require separate building approval. Therefore, you may be required to get another building permit.

A building certifier can help you get building approval for a garage or carport. You must provide scaled and comprehensive plans developed by a certified building industry professional to the certifier. By requesting a siting variation, you might request a different setback from the front, side, or back boundary.

Miscellaneous Requirements

Standard Carport Building Code

Most of us build carports to protect our vehicles from hail storms or severe rains, and it’s best to plan for the worst-case scenario ahead of time. Many people make the error of not considering adequate heights while installing carports, resulting in rainwater flooding their own garden. Disposed roof water appropriately. The majority of the time, guttering and adequate storm water pipelines will suffice.

Every class 10 building must adhere to a strict set of standards established by the Building Code of Australia (BCA), one of which is fire prevention. The principal goal of the BCA’s fire protection regulations is to protect carports, nearby structures, and neighborhoods in the event that a fire breaks out near your carport.

Driveway Permit

Another issue you will likely encounter is that of a driveway permit if you are going to be adding a driveway that is not already existing. When building, repairing or altering a residential driveway, you must obtain a permit. For residential driveways, Brisbane City Council has two types of applications. These two types of applications are self-evaluation and full evaluation.

A business driveway permit is necessary for driveways that are not connected to a single detached residence. Driveways, including the kerb and channel, must be kept in a safe and compliant state to meet Council regulations.


When you are in the process of adding a carport to your property it is easy to get caught up in all of the excitement of actually building the carport. Things like which one to select, where to build it, and a myriad of other issues as well. Hence, the regulations can tend to get ignored. Make sure that you do not ignore them so you can enjoy the protection that a carport offers.