go on the bcc website and have a look, i know you need approval for a completely open carport (next on my project list), so i would think you needed it for a pergola. if it's attached to your house go the proper channels and get approval. do not build anything without bsa insurance.
it seems that the patio / pergola has no council approval, and if the shed is more than 10 sq.m. (rough calculation from the aerial photo seems it is more than this), then, it is also without approval. the car port though has an approval. thanks, apana
yes - whether approval is required for a pergola will vary from council to council in the wonderfully diverse landscape of local government law! i actually just built one (without a roof) on our place and was amazed that i had to get planning approval and a building licence for such a simple structure (and people wonder why there's a backlog!)
this is where you are renovating, or constructing minor building project that don’t need an approval from your local council or private certifier. essentially exempt development means that if you can tick all of the requirements you are free to construct your deck or pergola without any council approvals required. complying development (cdc)
the good news is that council approval for building a pergola is not always necessary. the bad news is that it's hard to determine if and when council approval for a pergola is necessary in your area. if a pergola is on your home improvement wish list, read on and find out what you need to know about council approvals for building a pergola.
when it comes time to building your deck or pergola, you will first need to make sure that you have approval from your local council. though you may be advised by friends or family that a permit is not required, it won’t be them paying the fine or having to remove the structure if it turns out that you do.
building a d eck, patio and pergola without council approval all fall under the same category of exempt development, so they have the same building regulations. these regulations specify that your deck, patio or pergola must: -have an area of no more than 25m squared, and
installing balconies, decks, patios, pergolas, terraces, and verandahs may not require approval if the proposal meets the relevant development standards set out in the state environmental planning policy (exempt and complying development codes) 2008 (the state policy). this is known as exempt development.