Pergolas, verandahs, carports, decking & shade sails

Development approval for pergolas

You need development approval for a freestanding or attached pergola if any of the following applies:

  • it will have a solid/waterproof roof
  • it will be closed on any of its sides
  • it will be higher than four metres above the ground at at least one point
  • it will be built closer to the primary street than the existing dwelling
  • the property is listed as a heritage place as outlined in the West Torrens Council Development Plan.

If none of the above applies to your pergola you don’t need development approval.

 

Development approval for verandahs and carports

You need development approval for a verandah or carport.

 

Development approval for decking

You need development approval for decking if any of the following applies:

  • the dwelling is listed as a heritage place or located in a Historic Conservation Area  (as outlined in the West Torrens Council Development Plan)
  • at least one point on the floor of the deck is higher than 500 millimetres above the natural surface of the ground
  • any part of the deck will be placed within 900 millimetres of a boundary.

If none of the above applies to your deck you don’t need development approval.

 

Development approval for shade sails

You need development approval to erect a shade sail if any of the following applies:

  • it’s not made from permeable material e.g. shade-cloth
  • it will exceed 20 square metres in area
  • it will be higher than three metres above the ground/floor level at least one point
  • it will be erected closer to the primary street than any part of the existing building
  • the site is listed as a heritage place or located in a Historic Conservation Area (as outlined in the West Torrens Council Development Plan).

If none of the above applies to your shade sail you don’t need development approval.

 

If you're not sure if your property is a heritage place

Contact us if you’re unsure if your property is:

  • a state heritage place
  • a local heritage place
  • located in a Historic Conservation Area.

 

Applying for development approval

When you’re ready to apply for development approval for a pergola, verandah or shade sail go to the How to apply page for instructions.

Download the Residential development checklist for information about what you need to submit with your application pdf (90KB).

 

More information

Email the City Development Team or call 8416 6333.
Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.

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