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Pergolas, Sheds, Verandahs and Carports

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Carports and garages

A building permit is required to construct a garage or a carport if it is attached to another building or has a floor area greater than 10m(i.e  3 x 3.3, 4 x 2.5).


A pergola is an unroofed open structure that is typically attached to a house.

A building permit is required if the pergola is

  • Greater than 20m2 in area

  • No further forward than 2.5m from the front wall of a building

  • More than 3.6m high.


A building permit is required to construct a shed if it is:

  • More than 10mand more than 3 metres high (or 2.4 metres if located within 1 metre of a boundary)


A building permit is required to construct a verandah of any kind.

Note: You will need to contact a Building Surveyor to discuss your proposed project and ask what documentation is required for a building permit. The local phone book can be of assistance in finding a building surveyor.

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Thursday, 2 June 2016 - 11:28am


Council acknowledges the traditional Wadawurrung owners of this land. Council pays its respects to Wadawurrung Elders both past and present and extends that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People who are part of Golden Plains Shire.