Carports are essential. They increase the value and curb appeal of a residential property, providing the car owner with a safe place to house their vehicle and also reduce their car insurance premiums.
There are, however, many considerations that come with constructing a carport and they vary from council to council. It is not possible to erect a carport without governmental permission and permission is not always granted - having more than one vehicle does not even guarantee that one can erect a carport for each car, for example.
It is crucial to identify the needed approvals before homeowners proceed to do some home upgrades and renovations. It is also necessary to be aware of the standards that must be complied with. This will help save time, resources and ensure a smooth construction and erection process.
A carport is a covered structure built to house a vehicle. Carports are open on at least two sides, and they are usually built beside the house. In NSW, only one carport is allowed per one residential structure on a lot. If there are two dwellings on a lot, then two carports may be erected.
Some minor works and renovations are usually considered exempt development, which means they do not require planning and building approval. Exempt developments are low-impact development activities that may be done on residential, commercial, and even industrial properties. For a renovation to be considered as exempt development it must:
Some exempt developments include but are not limited to the following:
Since carports fall under ‘exempt development’ guidelines, they can be constructed without planning and building approval. However, they need to comply with specific construction and development standards.
Carports considered as an exempt development should be made of:
Carports considered as an exempt development should:
Carports considered as an exempt development should NOT be built:
A homeowner will need a permit for their carport if the carport is constructed in a lot with heritage items or a foreshore area. If the building of the carport will require that some trees and vegetations be cut, the homeowner should check with the local council if permits are needed.
Even if they are temporary, any structure, including carports, must obtain separate approval from the concerned council and the Roads and Maritime Services. A new driveway leading to the carport will also entail a permit and approval from the road authorities.
While some may claim that you can build a carport yourself, it is clear that taking matters into your own hands can be quite tied up with red tape. Save your time, money and energy and leave it to a company that understands all the relevant legislation and can complete work on-time within a set budget.
Choose Hunter Patios and Additions. We build carports that are functional and aesthetically pleasing. We are committed to giving our customers only the best quality, reliable and stylish home additions, using our 35-years of experience and our unparalleled commitment to our customer’s satisfaction
We are looking forward to talking with you about your carport needs in NSW.