Town of Port Hedland
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Frequently Asked Questions

The purpose of this 'Frequently Asked Questions' page is to provide answers to the questions most commonly asked by the public.

What do I need council approval for?

  • Bird Cages (Aviaries)
  • Pools (above & below)
  • Decking
  • Spas
  • Shade Structures
  • Pergola’s/Patio’s/Carports/Sheds
  • Sea Containers
  • Re-Roof
  • Re-Cladding of structures
  • Bathroom Upgrades
  • Openings in external wall (eg sliding doors, windows)
  • Internal alterations
  • Conversion of windows to sliding doors
  • Retaining Walls
  • Front Fences
  • Dividing Fences

What don't I need council approval for?

  • Temporary Site Sheds (during construction)
  • Temporary Site Offices (during construction)

How close can I build to my site boundary?

Setbacks to allotment boundary’s are governed by the Building Code of Australia, the Town Planning Scheme No 5 and the Residential Design Codes.

For residential works, the Building Code of Australia generally requires a minimum 900mm setback from an allotment boundary with an allowable encroachment of 450mm for eaves if constructed of a non combustible material. This setback however may be reduced if the portion of the building within 900mm from an allotment boundary is constructed with a suitable Fire Resistance Level (Fire wall / Fire separation).

Setbacks from allotment boundary’s governed under the Town Planning Scheme and the Residential Design Codes vary substantially dependent upon multiple factors such as type the of building works i.e. single dwelling, multiple dwellings, patios, outbuildings etc, the zoning of the land and the proposed use of the land.

It is recommended that clarification be sought from the Towns Planning Services on (08)9158 9321 for the minimum required allotment boundary setbacks in regards to the Residential Design Codes and the Town Planning Scheme No 5.

How close can I build to my front boundary?

There is no minimum setback required for residential works under the Building Code of Australia from a front allotment boundary. It is however required that no portion of the building encroach over the front allotment boundary except for encroachments which are permitted under the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1960.

Setbacks from the front boundary governed under the Town Planning Scheme and the Residential Design Codes vary substantially dependent upon multiple factors such as type the of building works i.e. single dwelling, multiple dwellings, patios, carports, outbuildings etc, the zoning of the land and the proposed use of the land.

It is recommended that clarification be sought from the Towns Planning Services on (08)9158 9321 for the minimum required allotment boundary setbacks in regards to the Residential Design Codes and the Town Planning Scheme No 5.

What plans do I need to submit with a building licence application?

Detailed checklists showing what information is required to be submitted as a part of Building Applications can be found by following the below link

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