Sep 16, 2013 5:00 pm
I live in Werribee and I'm planning a pergola. Apparently, I can go up to 900mm away from the boundary with a regular building permit. Any closer than that to the boundary and I've been advised I'll be requiring at least 2 other permits (fire separation and some other one).
Does this sound right/familiar?
To give an idea: I'm planning a flat roof, sloped back into the house at 5 degrees to make use of the houses gutter for drainage. My initial plan (before I was aware of the 900mm limit) had the pergola sitting 500mm away from the boundary, so at that point, the roof was up at 3.2m in height. Fence is 1.8m high.
According to the council, we'd be up around $500 for a standard permit PLUS about $300 or $400 for the additional permits required should I decide to build closer to the boundary.
Any comments would be welcome.
P.S - I assume 900mm is measured from the posts and not the roof line?
Re: Permit for a pergola. How close to the boundary?2
Sep 17, 2013 12:00 pm
A pergola is an 'unroofed' structure. For the purpose of the regs in your situation it is classified as a carport (or the like).
Within 1.0 met of the boundary the max. height allowed is 3.6 met with an average height of 3.0 met (vic. building regs 2006)
Within 900, a 60 minute fire rating is required on members up to the underside of the (non combustable) roofing.
If you are building above the required height you would need to apply for dispensation from the building dep't.(fee)
Other than that it is a case of meeting the 60 min. fire rating with the documentation submitted for a building application.
Hope that answers your question.
Peter Clarkson - AusDesign Australia
This information is intended to provide general information only.
It does not purport to be a comprehensive advice.
Re: Permit for a pergola. How close to the boundary?3
Sep 17, 2013 12:03 pm
I think the rules depend greatly on the council. I have had to travel and put up structures in a number of different towns/states and there are all these annoying little rules about how far away they structure can be from another building or a fence line etc. All I can say is best of luck with it! Sounds like you have one of the harsher councils, most only say 600mm.. (But yes, this sounds all too familiar)
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