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Carports and garages

Carports and garages

The City Plan 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.  

  • A garage is an enclosed Class 10a building, providing covered vehicular parking.
  • A carport is a Class 10a building, providing covered vehicular parking.
  • An open carport is a carport has some additional requirements:
    • 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
    • not less than one-third of its perimeter open.

If you are looking to build a carport or garage within the building envelope of your property, please refer to a private building certifier for assistance.

If the proposed carport or garage will encroach into a boundary clearance or setback area of your property, then the following information is relevant to you.

Do I require a building approval?

If you are building a carport or garage, you will need a building approval. Building approvals can be obtained from a private certifier. Please see the private building certifier page for further information.

Do I require the City as a referral agency?

The siting of buildings and structures on a property within the City of Gold Coast area is regulated by the City Plan; therefore, you will require the City as a referral agency if your garage or carport is proposed within a boundary clearance or setback area. 

Please refer to the Referral Agency Assessment applications page for further information.


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. 

Carport heights

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

Carport widths

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

  • 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.

Do I require a vehicular crossing approval?

If you are going to build, repair or modify a driveway, you must have a driveway permit to cross the footpath. For further information please see the driveways and vehicular crossings page.

Who can I contact for more information?

If you have any further enquiries, please call our Planning Enquiries Centre on 07 5582 8708 or email:

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