Every now and then, homeowners decide to include outdoor structures on their properties. Most decide to include Gazebos or patios as a way of uplifting the look of their property and creating a functional outdoor living space.
Before starting work on a patio that you want to erect on your property, you need to know whether you or not you need permits for it. In most cases, you might require council approval regulations within your local council before proceeding with the construction process.
Firstly, each council within Western Australia has a marginally different view on the definition of a patio. For instance, the City of Joondalup defines it as “an unenclosed structure covered in a water impermeable material, which could have an attachment to an existing dwelling or function as a free-standing structure”. Whereas, the City of Wanneroo’s defines it as “an open-sided structure enclosed on no more than half of its perimeter, with a water impervious roof cover, and used for outdoor entertainment”.
Do I Need a Building Permit?
Building Regulations 2012 states that a building permit is required when constructing a patio unless your design meets each of the following criteria:
1) The floor area does not exceed 10 metres²
2) The height does not exceed 2.4 metres
There is generally a third criterion. However, this does vary somewhat depending on your council, for example –
– City of Stirling: The structure is freestanding
– The City of Joondalup: Is not located in wind region C or D as defined in AS 1170.2.
– City of Wanneroo: There is not already a patio situated on the property, and the patio is going not going to be attached to an existing building.
Need More Information on Patio Council Approval?
Understanding the regulations within your council can sometimes be a confusing process. We suggest that you engage an experienced and fully qualified patio builder for expert advice if you have any queries.
You can also find further information about the regulations within each local council by reading the following resources:
Contact us today to find out more about patio council approval.