You may need a Planning Permit, a Building Permit or both to build a pergola on your property.
Is the structure a pergola?
To be a pergola, the structure you are building must have no roof.
A pergola may have a covering of open-weave permeable material which allows water to pass through, such as shade cloth.
How to use this guide
To help you work out which permits you need, begin at Step 1 and answer the questions one at a time. You may be asked to measure the area or width of the pergola, or refer to the site plan to see the position of the pergola relative to the building.
Before you begin
- Check whether your project involves removing, pruning or carrying out works near a protected tree. You may need a permit for the tree works.
- Check for easements on your property. When an easement is obstructed, it can prevent important maintenance work and block the flow of stormwater. If your plans impact an easement, it may be necessary to modify your plans.
- See if the property is listed under Schedule to Clause 51.01 Specific Sites and Exclusions. If the property is listed, contact Statutory Planning on 9278 4888 to find out about special restrictions and exemptions that apply.