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If you’re considering building a patio for your Sydney home, it pays to start planning well before you want the new structure in place. Not because building the patio will take long, but because council planning can be a challenging to navigate for many people.

Council planning requirements for a new patio in Sydney

In some cases, you may not actually need approval to build a new patio in Sydney or the rest of NSW. However, whether your patio needs approval is not necessarily going to be clear for a lot of people.

Take a look at the NSW Government’s Planning Portal and you’ll begin to understand what we mean. In the section on exempt development for balconies, decks and patios, the opening paragraph states:

“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.”

Hopefully you’re still with us.

The page then goes on to say that to be an exempt development, generally the patio will need to be 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) or 900 millimetres (for any other zone).”

We could go on but we’re pretty sure we’d lose most readers (if we haven’t already)!

The point is that regulations can be confusing. In some cases, there are also different rules that apply between councils in NSW.

Forget the regulations and start dreaming about your new Sydney patio

The good news is that you don’t need to know whether you need planning approval for your new patio and, if you do, how to go about it. You just need to call Outside Concepts on 1800 601 674.

If you live in the Lane Cove area, or virtually any northern suburb in Sydney, our branch manager can assist you through the entire council planning process. He can also design and build you a darn good patio, quick smart.

How quick? It will depend on the size patio you want and how elaborate it will be. But as a guide, the build time for most patios is a week or two and smaller ones may often take only a day or two. Very large projects may take longer.

That’s very quick, but if your patio does need council approval it can really slow up the process. In fact, generally this is the longest part of the entire job. Which is why if you want a new patio you need to act now. Spring is here and summer is just around the corner. So too is Christmas, New Year and the summer holidays.

Get ready to enjoy the warmer weather with family and friends in your new patio, with help from Outside Concepts!

From concept to clean up, you can rely on us. Give Outside Concepts a call on 1800 601 674 to organise a free quote.

Cut through the red tape when organising your new Sydney patio with Outside Concepts.
Cut through the red tape when organising your new Sydney patio with Outside Concepts.