Garages and Sheds

Domestic outbuildings include Garages, Sheds and Pergolas.
An outbuilding is primarily detached from an existing habitable building already erected on the site.
  • A domestic garage or shed is an ancillary use to a dwelling on the same allotment and should be used only for domestic use such as: storage of vehicles or household items by persons resident on the site, or the conduct of home activity (as defined in the development regulations).
  • A garage or shed shall not be erected on a vacant allotment without Council approval unless it is erected in conjunction with the construction of a dwelling on the allotment.
  • The siting of a garage or shed should not cause undue inconvenience to neighbours nearby or affect residents by way of:
    a. creation of glare from roof or walls
    b. creation of a prominent structure that is out of scale with residential
    development in the locality
    c. cause undue loss of sunlight
    d. cause undue loss of views.
  • Desirably, total site coverage of a dwelling and outbuildings should not exceed 60% of the total area of the site.
  • A garage should be coloured to blend with existing dwellings and in keeping with the area's character.
  • Should be setback 8m from a road boundary or no closer than the associated dwelling.
  • Garages may be considered to be sited on a property boundary, subject to conditions.

A shed or garage requires development approval when it has:
  • a floor area greater than 15 square metres;
  • a roof span greater than 3 metres;
  • a height greater than 2.5 metres above the natural surface of the ground;
  • or when it is located closer to the street boundary than the existing dwelling on the property.

Free standing pergolas don't require development approval as long as they don't have a solid roof covering (other than a permeable material, ie shade cloth).  If you intend to enclose the sides or locate it in front of the existing dwelling, Council approval will be required.

For further information on Outbuildings please click here.