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Brisbane Carports and Garages

Does my Brisbane carport or garage need a Development Application?

In some cases Brisbane carports and garages will require a development application (town planning application) to be submitted to Council.

Below we have created a few simple steps to identify if your carport or garage will trigger an application requirement. 


Step 1: Determine if you have a carport or garage. 

The Queensland Development Code defines an open carport as:

an open carport is defined as a carport with-

(a) two sides or more open, and a side is also considered open where the roof covering adjacent to that side is not less than 500mm from another building or a side or rear allotment boundary; and

(b) not less than one-third or its perimeter open

If your structure does not meet the above requirements, it is defined as a garage. 


Step 2: Determine if you have a small lot or Standard lot

Brisbane City Plan 2014 defines a small lot as: 

A lot which is:

  1. less than 450m2; or
  2. a rear lot of less than 600m2 excluding an access way.

If you do not have a small lot. You can skip to step 3. 


If you have a small lot the following carport situations will not trigger a development application:

  1. 1 single carport where:
    • maximum depth 6m, excluding eaves;
    • maximum width 3m, excluding eaves;
  2. 1 double carport where:
    • maximum depth 6m, excluding eaves;
    • maximum width 6m, excluding eaves;
    • minimum side boundary setback 1.5m;
    • minimum front boundary setback 2m;
    • maximum crossover width 4.5m;
    • where on a lot with a street frontage width of 15m or greater, and the total building footprint of the dwelling and carport does not exceed 50%.
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Step 3: Identify any environmental overlays

Overlays such as the flood overlay or traditional building character overlay may trigger a development application even if you comply with step 2. 

If your site is within the Traditional building character overlay you will not need a development application for your carport or garage where: 

  1. a carport, garage, shed or other outbuilding at the rear of the building;
  2. a carport:
    1. if located:
      1. between the building and side boundary; or
      2. between the building and front boundary, where a maximum total width of 6m or 50% of the average width of the lot, excluding eaves, whichever is the lesser;
    2. if not in the Sherwood—Graceville district neighbourhood plan area or the Local character significance sub-category of the Traditional building character overlay;
    3. if associated with a dwelling house in the West End estate precinct of the West End—Woolloongabba district neighbourhood plan, where also complying with the requirements in AO13.2, AO13.3 and AO13.4 in that neighbourhood plan code;
    4. if associated with a multiple dwelling in the Hillside character precinct of the Ithaca district neighbourhood plan, where also complying with the requirements in AO23.3 in that neighbourhood plan code.

If you cannot comply with the requirements in Step 2 or Step 3, you will likely require a development application to be lodged and assessed by your local government authority. 


If you still aren’t sure if a development application is required you can contact JREY and request a Preliminary Planning Review [PPR]. 


This post was written on 28 January 2022 by JREY managing director Jessica Reynolds. 

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