Generally, the development must:
- be located behind the building line of any road frontage, and must be located from the lot boundary by at least:
- five metres (if located on Zone RU1, RU2, RU3, RU4, RU6 or R5)
- 900 millimetres (for any other zone)
- not have an area of more than 25m²
- not cause the total floor area of all such structures on the lot to be more than:
- for a lot larger than 300m2 - 15 per cent of the ground floor area of the dwelling on the lot; or
- for a lot 300m2 or less - 25m2
- not have an enclosing wall higher than 1.4 metres
- not have a floor height of more than one metre above the existing ground level
- not be more than three metres at its highest point, above existing ground level.
The following requirements must be met:
- If it is to be constructed out of metal components it must be low reflective, factory pre-coloured materials.
- If it is located on bushfire prone land and is less than five metres from a house it needs to be constructed of non-combustible material.
- If it is constructed or installed in a heritage conservation area or a draft heritage conservation area it must be located behind the building line of any road frontage.
For a full list of development standards that balconies, decks, patios, pergolas and terraces must comply with in order to be considered exempt development, please refer to please refer to Part 2 Division 1 Subdivision 6 of the State Policy.
The area requirements for balconies, decks, patios, pergolas, terraces and verandas that can be installed as exempt development
- If you propose to remove or prune any existing trees or vegetation, you should contact your council first to make sure you don’t need approval for this.
- Works must be structurally adequate, installed in accordance with manufacturer’s specifications and comply with the Building Code of Australia (BCA).
- Any structures that would be located on public land, or on or over a public road (including temporary structures), must have separate approval from the relevant council, or Roads and Maritime Services under the Roads Act 1993 and the Local Government Act 1993.
- Generally, exempt development cannot be carried out on: