Do you need a permit to build a pergola in NZ?

Do you need a permit to build a pergola in NZ?

While pergolas don’t require building consent to be built in New Zealand, the Building Act states that: Pergolas are simple-framed and unroofed structures which are often used as garden features. For the purposes of this exemption, pergolas may either be attached to a building or freestanding.

Can I build a pergola on my boundary?

You will need planning permission for your pergola if it’s on the front of your house. You will need planning permission for your pergola if it is in a conservation area or on the side of your house between the house and the boundary wall.

Can I use 4×4 for pergola?

Support Posts For a very small pergola with only 4 to 6 feet between posts, 4×4 supports will work. For anything larger, though, the 6×6 stock will not only offer a beefier look and greater carrying capacity, but 6×6 also resists the twisting associated with the more spindly 4x4s.

Can you build a pergola next to a fence?

Technically, you can still attach a pergola to your fence assuming the fence is built to specification. When attaching a pergola to a fence it should be done so properly with four strong posts and metal fasteners. There are several factors that should be considered before attaching a pergola to any fence.

How high can garden pergola be?

The standard pergola height is 8 to 12 feet. But that doesn’t always have to be the case. For example, if you want an 8-foot head clearance, the beams will take it up to 9 feet at least, and then the rafters will total 10-feet easy.

How big does a pergola have to be to build?

This design is for a free standing pergola measuring 3.5m x 3m and 2m high, but it’s easy to modify it to suit your site. Generally any structure over one metre high needs a building consent. Check with your local council about the applicable building regulations. Roughly mark out the area of where you want your pergola to go.

How do I get a building consent for a pergola?

This size excludes the soffit (underside of the pergola). To get a consent, you’ll need to: Check the rules with council. Draft building plans. Complete and submit the building application form. Pay the building consent application fee. Arrange for a building inspector from council to check the work.

What is a council pergola?

The pergola is over a deck which is accessed via French doors from the living room. A council installs a 3 metre wide decorative pergola that runs the full length of a 250 metre long pathway in a public park.

How are attached pergolas attached?

Attached pergolas rely on your house and vertical beams as structural support. We’ll attach the pergola to your home’s fascia with fixings and a backchannel. A standard roof is around 2.2m – 2.5m high (depending the height of the soffit).