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Planning & Building a Carport

Pushing The Boundaries

Planning to build a carport but not sure how far you can push the boundaries?

As building lots become smaller it is increasingly more important to make the most of your homesite. This usually means getting as close to your boundaries as possible, both front and side. And it's not just boundaries that you need to consider


Most residential developments in Australia are required to meet specific guidelines, whether through local council, building regulations, overlays or zoning laws. This applies to carports, especially those on or close to a boundary.

​Regulations can vary from one zone to another but generally will require construction to be a certain distance from a boundary. This is called a 'setback' and it is likely that the setback from a front boundary will be different to that of a side boundary.

Your building designer will be able to give you advice of what applies for your particular property.

These setbacks can often be changed but it does require a Council application to do so.

Don't Rely on Fences

​Even if you do not intend to build on or close to the boundary it goes without saying that it makes good sense to establish the exact location of the boundary because frequently we find that boundaries are not always where you think.

Fences are regularly an inaccurate indicator and the cause of many disputes between neighbours.

Surveys for Carports

Let's cut through the jargon and  to make sure that you make the most of your site. To do this you will need a survey.

Typically the types of surveys you need will depend on what stage your carport project is at.

What you will likely need:

  1. Partial site plan - for design and approvals [includes a contour plan].

  2. Boundary Identification Survey if building on or near the boundary

  3.  Set out survey  - prior to construction.

  4. Certification - on completion - form 12.

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What Could Go Wrong?

"it's the apparent simplicity of building a carport which is the very thing that leads to complacecy resulting in easily

avoidable mistakes & errors"

That complacency would be your first mistake

Carports Like These Require Careful Thought & Planning 

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