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Council Consents

We may vary some provisions in the Building Regulations when we issue a Council Consent.

The Building Regulations 2018 contain a number of provisions where Council can decide whether or not to allow a proposal.

This includes:

  • construction over a drainage easement

  • variations to height and setback requirements

  • constructing sheds/garages on vacant allotments

  • fence heights

  • construction on unsewered land

  • construction on land liable to flooding.

Our staff can advise you further on any of these matters.

Please refer to the Building Regulations 2018 for a complete list of the matters that require Council Report and Consent.


Consent types

Council Consents can be broken down into 3 separate types.

Each type of Council Consent has a different application form:

  1. Council Consent Non-Siting Matters
    example: projections beyond street, public protection, unsewered areas, land liable to flooding

  2. Council Consent Siting Matters
    examples: setbacks, wall heights and lengths, site coverage

  3. Drainage Easement
    For construction over or excavation into a drainage easement


Non-siting matters

Matters covered by this classification include:

  • building over a drainage easement  

  • projections beyond street alignment 

    • architectural features

    • service pipes and rainwater heads

    • signs

    • sunblinds and awnings

    • verandahs

    • windows and balconies

    • window shutters

  • buildings above or below a street, railway, bus terminal or similar public facility

  • precautions over a street to protect the safety of the public

  • installation or alteration of a septic tank system, or construction of a building over an existing septic tank system

  • construction of buildings on land liable to flooding

  • building on designated land - Uncontrolled overland drainage.


Siting matters

Matters covered by this classification include:

  • maximum setback from a street boundary

  • minimum setback from a street boundary  

  • building height  

  • site coverage

  • impermeable surfaces covering more than 80% of an allotment area  

  • car parking spaces  

  • side or rear boundary setbacks - height and length  

  • walls or carports on the side / rear boundary  

  • building setbacks - daylight to existing habitable room window  

  • building setbacks - solar access to existing north-facing windows  

  • building design - overshadowing of recreational private open space  

  • window or raised open space - overlooking  

  • building design - daylight to habitable room window  

  • private open space  

  • appurtenant Class 10 buildings including garages/sheds on vacant lots  

  • front fence height  

  • fence setback from side or rear boundary  

  • length or height of side or rear boundary fence  

  • a fence within 9 metres of an intersection  

  • fence setback - daylight to existing habitable room window  

  • fence setback - solar access to existing north-facing windows  

  • fence design - overshadowing of recreational private open space  

  • mast, pole, aerial, antenna, chimney flue pipe or other service pipe.




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Page last updated: Tuesday, 5 June 2018
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