Do’s and Don’ts when planning your patio or carport

There are several “do’s” and “don'ts” you need to take into consideration when it comes to planning out your new Patio. There are Council required measures - many of them related to safety or fire to protect your home and family along with your neighbour's property also

There are several “do’s” and “don’ts” you need to take into consideration when it comes to planning out your new Patio. There are Council required measures – many of them related to safety or fire to protect your home and family along with your neighbour’s property also.

While considering D&C Patios to come and install your new outdoor patio or carport – these are some of the things you need to think about before you’ve drawn up your alfresco or carport area.


You cannot build right to your property side boundaries due to fire regulations. In some areas, carports are not permitted due to a covenant in the area. If you are unsure, your local council will be able to advise you.

You can build to within 500mm from your property’s side boundary.

If you are building to the front of your property, you can build to within 50mm of the front boundary however a siting variation or relaxation will be required.

If you live on acreage and wish to build a carport you can only build as close as 3m to the side boundary. You will also require a siting variation/relaxation.


Your patio can be built to within 1500mm from your property’s boundary, however there is a way that you can push it to within 900mm of your boundary.

Our D&C Patios team is experienced in applying for relaxation clauses, so when we are assessing your new build, we are best placed to advise you on what you need to do and what would be aesthetically suitable where you want to install your new patio.

Through obtaining Council approval, you are able to build out to 900mm from your side boundary. Naturally, there is a fee payable to Council to have this approved. 

Another thing to take into consideration is that you cannot go right up along the side of your house with a new patio and any structure that is longer than 9m in length, will require a relaxation.


If building a patio in your front yard, you can build to 1500mm from the side and front boundary however if you want to build to 900mm, a relaxation will be required.


If you are within the Gold Coast City Council Local Government Area, there’s what’s known as a ‘streetscape restriction’ – where you cannot build a triple carport. The maximum you can build on a property in the GCCC LGA is a double carport, which is 7.2m however this must not exceed 6m between the posts (600mm overhang each side).

If you are thinking about installing a carport, have a look at other properties in your street/area to ascertain whether they have been approved or not. If there are no carports in your street, there is a high chance that a covenant is on the land stopping them from being installed.

If you are outside the Gold Coast, consult your local council and discuss your requirements with our D&C Patios team – and we’ll let you know what is going to work best. 


If you are upgrading and replacing an existing patio, you can escape the above fees, however it is best to check that approval has already been sought for the existing structure. If it hasn’t, then this is something that you will need to factor into your budget. If you don’t require council approval due to an existing approved structure in place, then the only other fee payable is the QBCC Home Warranty Insurance (this fee applies to all builds regardless of whether you are replacing an existing patio/carport, or building a new one and is payable on all jobs over $3,300).

Replacing an existing patio structure can be done ‘like for like’ in terms of size and location – but as always, talk to our D&C Patios experts and have them visit and assess what you wish to do.

Putting in a home improvement like a D&C Patio or Carport is generally an easy process. These are some of the small – but important – things you need to know before you get too far down the road in your mind’s eye of what you wish to do.

Our experts are here to assist you with all of these regulations and other codes we need to meet structurally and so forth so that you have the Patio or Carport that is the envy of your neighbours wherever you are in Northern New South Wales, Gold Coast, Brisbane or South-East Queensland.

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