• Last updated:
  • 04 Nov 2021

Carports are a popular choice for providing off-street covered parking.

The Sunshine Coast Planning Scheme 2014  has requirements relating to location, height and size of carports.

The Queensland Development Code (QDC) describes a carport as "a class 10a building, other than a garage, providing covered vehicular parking".

Do I need approval to build a carport?

Yes. To build a carport, first you need a building work permit from a private building certifier.

You will need to provide your private building certifier with plans for your carport. A building designer or architect may be able to assist in the design process.

If you plan to construct a driveway along with your carport, please refer to our driveways page for further information. Your private building certifier can provide further advice.

Carport design requirements

The Dwelling house code in the Sunshine Coast Planning Scheme 2014 requires that all carports for a dwelling house:

  • preserve the amenity of adjacent land and dwelling houses;
  • do not dominate the streetscape;
  • maintain an adequate area for landscaping adjacent to the road frontage; and
  • maintain the visual continuity and pattern of buildings and landscape elements within the street.

When a carport is not built to address these design requirements, problems can arise relating to:

  • reduced perception of safety
  • loss of trees and landscaping within front yards
  • increased parking on street
  • reduced activity and visibility, enclosing the street. 

Design requirements for carports are also identified for different zones:

In a residential zone, carports:

  • may not exceed a height of 3.6 metres above natural ground level
  • total floor area may not exceed 56m²
  • are setback at least 6 metres from any road frontage boundary
  • are setback at least 1.5m from any side or rear boundary OR
  • may be located within the 1.5m side or rear boundary clearance where:
    • the mean height is not more than 3.5m above ground level; and
    • the total length of all buildings within 1.5m of any side or rear boundary does not exceed 9.0m in length; and
    • the carport is not located within 1.5m of a window of a habitable room within an adjoining dwelling.
  • in addition to the main dwelling and any other roofed structures, carports must not exceed 50% of the area of the lot.

In rural or rural residential zones:

For lots more than 2 hectares, carports must be:

  • setback at least:
    • 40 metres from a State controlled road or an extractive industry transport route;
    • 20 metres from any other road.
  • setback at least 10 metres from any side or rear boundary.

For lots 2 hectares or less, carports must be:

  • setback at least 10 metres from any road
  • setback at least 3 metres from any side or rear boundary at least 3 metres.

What if my carport does not comply with these design requirements?

Where your carport does not comply with these design requirements, your private building certifier will need to lodge an application with council to assess and decide the alternative design against the Sunshine Coast Planning Scheme 2014.

Use the Dwelling house code checklist to help you prepare your application.

For height and floor area variations, your certifier will refer your application to council for a concurrence agency response (CAR) for a 'siting variation'.

Alternatively, you can request an "early referral agency response" prior to lodging your development application for building work with your private building certifier. Where an early concurrence agency approval is granted by council, this can be included with the building work application lodged with your private building certifier. Then no additional referral to council is required.

An early concurrence agency response is valid for 12 months.

Contact us if you have further questions about carports and their design requirements.