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Carports and garages

Carports and garages

Carports and garages are a popular choice for providing additional off street car-parking and have become common in some Gold Coast suburbs.

If no carports have been built in your area there may be planning restrictions in place to maintain an open streetscape.

Do I require a building approval?

Yes, all carports and garages need a building approval. Building approvals can be obtained by contacting a private certifier. Please see the private building certifier page for further information.

Do I need a referral agency application?

The City Plan requires minimum setbacks from front and side boundaries, typically these are 6.0m for the front and 1.5m for the side but can vary depending on your location.

When a setback can’t be met an application to the City is needed to consider a lessor setback.
A letter of non-objection from your neighbour can help with this.

This process is often dealt with as part of the building approval by a building certifier.

Do I require a vehicular crossing approval?

New concrete work or access on public land needs a vehicular crossing approval.

Section 9.4.2 of the City Plan provides the design details for a vehicular crossover.

For further information please see the driveways and vehicular crossings page.


Assessment will be made by the City of the impact upon amenity of all building structures within a boundary clearance area. This may also include consultation with your neighbour.

Service locations including water, stormwater and sewer need to be checked when designing so the effects of the building can be considered.

Service location details may be obtained by conducting a search (GIS location or service) or through our open data website.

Refer to our Building Advisory Notes for acceptable outcomes when designing within setback areas, also summarised below.

Carport heights

The maximum height of a garage or carport at the road frontage facade is not to exceed a height of three (3.0) metres above natural ground level.

Carport widths

The maximum width of a carport at the road front elevation is to be:

  • six (6) metres for a double carport from 'outside pier/support to outside pier/support' (without eaves), or
  • 7.2 metres for a double carport with eaves (includes two 600 millimetre overhangs).

Carport supports

The preferred front supports should be a minimum of 350 millimetre square masonry columns.

Other carport design requirements

  • The gradient of the floor of the carport must comply with the Australian Standards. It is the responsibility of the Assessment Manager (Private Building Certifier), to ensure that the gradient design is acceptable prior to the issue of the Development Approval for Building Work.
  • Where a gutter of a carport roof is proposed along a front property boundary, the carport should be set back a minimum of 150 millimetres from that boundary to ensure the gutter does not project into the footpath area.
  • Any carport should be construction using materials with patterns, textures and colours compatible with those of the main dwelling.

The Class 10a building or structure sited within a side and/or rear boundary clearance area, must:

  • have a maximum height of 3.5 metres
  • not extend more than nine (9) metres along or parallel to a single side or rear boundary, and
  • not be closer than 1.5 metres to any window of a habitable room in an existing building on an adjoining lot.

Who can I contact for more information?

A building designer, architect or building certifier may be able to assist in the design and approval process.

The Planning Enquiries Centre can assist with setback enquiries on 07 5582 8708 or email:

The Building Certification Group can help with building queries on 07 5667 5987 or email:

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