Depending on the zoning of your property and the location of your carport relative to nearby watercourse areas, in most circumstances a quick and simple planning assessment for your new carport can occur when the carport is designed within the following design guidelines:
- The carport will be associated with an existing dwelling on the property
- No portion of the carport will be located in front of the wall of the dwelling that faces the street
- If the property is a corner allotment, the carport will not be within 0.9m of the secondary street boundary
- The carport is set back at least 5.5m from the primary street boundary
- The carport has:
- A floor area no greater than 60m²
- A post height not exceeding 3m (measured from the natural surface of the ground)
- A roof height not exceeding 5m above the natural surface of the ground.
- If located along a boundary of the allotment (other than a primary or secondary street boundary) the carport will not:
- Exceed a length of 8m
- Result in all existing walls or structures located along the boundary exceeding 45% of the length of the boundary.
- If the carport is associated with a detached or semi-detached dwelling, all development located on the property will not result in more than 60% of the property being covered. In any other case, all development on the property with not cover more than 70% of the property
- The carport will not visually dominate the streetscape
- Safe and convenient vehicle access is provided
- Construction of the carport does not involve excessive earthworks
- There are no regulated/significant trees on the site or on adjoining land that might be affected (including damage to tree roots) by the carport
In addition to the design guidelines listed above, you should also consider the following to ensure a positive design outcome for your carport:
- The height, scale, roof form and the external materials and colours of the carport should complement the existing dwelling.
- The setback of the carport from the primary street should be consistent with the setbacks of existing development located along the street.