Building a carport and garage
If you are building a garage or carport, you should find out the key facts about the property (zoning, constraints and lot size) and then use the following information to find out if your carport or garage project needs planning approval.
Brisbane City Plan 2014 includes development for a carport or garage in the definition of a dwelling house. A dwelling house is a residential use of premises for one household that contains a single dwelling. The use includes outbuildings and works normally associated with a dwelling.
- Environmental management zone
- Emerging community zone
- Rural zone
- Rural residential zone
- Township zone.
A carport or garage is a self-assessable development where your property is located in one of the following zones and is located in the Dwelling house character overlay:
- Low density residential zone
- Low-medium density residential zone
- Medium density residential zone
- Character residential zone.
For each of these zones, your design must comply with all the self-assessable acceptable outcomes of the Dwelling house code or, if on a small lot, the self-assessable acceptable outcomes of the Dwelling house (small lot) code. Check if your property is within a neighbourhood plan area or within an overlay, as this may change the level of assessment.
Self-assessable development does not require Brisbane City Council approval and you will not need anything in writing from Council for your project. For a proposal to be self-assessable, it must meet all of the self-assessable acceptable outcomes of the applicable code. Where it does not meet all self-assessable acceptable outcomes, the proposal becomes assessable development and a planning application is required.
When a planning application is triggered, only the specific acceptable outcomes that the proposal fails to meet need to be assessed against the corresponding performance outcomes. Other self-assessable outcomes that are met will not be assessed as part of the planning applications.
Where the site is located within a neighbourhood plan area, or a relevant overlay, the project may be assessable development and require planning approval from Council.
For information about your property, including if the property is included in the Dwelling house character overlay, which zone it is in, and if the site is located within a neighbourhood plan area, or is within an overlay, visit key facts about your property.
If you want to build a garage or carport and you are building a new house, it should be approved as part of the building application for your house.
If you want to build a garage or carport and you are on a property with an existing house, you will need a separate building approval.
A building approval is in addition to any planning approval that you may need.
You can seek an alternative setback from the front, side or rear boundary by applying for a siting variation.
Other approvals to consider
If you are going to build, repair or modify a driveway, you must have a driveway permit to cross the footpath.