- Provide safe and secure onsite parking for residents and visitors;
- Reduce the visual impact of garages, carports and parking areas on the streetscape and improve dwelling presentation; and
- Ensure the design of garages do not dominate the frontage of the house.
- One to two (1-2) bedroom dwellings will provide at least 1 car space.
- Three (3) bedroom or more dwellings will provide at least 2 car spaces.
- At least one car parking space must be located behind the building line where the car parking space is accessed from the street on the front property boundary.
- The width of garage doors must not be greater than:
- 60% of the dwelling’s front elevation width on lots between 12.5m -15m, wide.
- 50% of the dwelling’s front elevation width on lots greater than 15m wide.
- Triple garages are not permitted on lots less than 12.5m in width.
- For lots equal to or less than 7m, garages must be accessed from a rear lane.
- Garages should not be a dominant feature of the building façade. The garage must be subservient in scale to the dwelling, and integrated and compatible with the overall design of the dwelling in terms of height, form, materials, detailing and colour.
- Where a triple garage is proposed, the garage doors must not exceed 50% of the dwelling’s front elevation and 1 garage must be setback a minimum of 1m behind the other garages.
- Driveways are to have the smallest configuration possible (particularly within the road verge) to serve the required parking facilities. Driveway widths crossing the road verge, setbacks to existing infrastructure and surface gradients must comply with Council’s Design and Construction Specification for Access Driveways.
- Vehicle turning movements and gradients of internal driveways must comply with AS2890. Planting and walls adjacent to driveways must not block lines of sight for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists.
- For Battle-axe blocks, vehicles are to enter and exit the site in a forward direction.
- Driveway locations are not to conflict with utility services and street infrastructure.
- Generally, only one driveway is permitted per residential property. Separate, specific Council approval (non-standard driveway approval) is necessary for any proposed additional driveways. In considering a request for a secondary driveway, the following is considered:
- A second crossing will not be considered where:
- The properties total road frontage is less than 20 metres wide.
- The proposal will cause an unacceptable reduction in the available room for on-street parking caused by the additional driveway is not desirable.
- Sight distance for the new driveway is limited because of a crest or curve in the road.
- The removal of one or more street trees is required.
- The driveway is within 6 metres of the tangent point of the kerb return at intersections, as per AS/ NZS 2890.1:2004 and Council’s Engineering Specifications.
- The site is located on a classified road, and the NSW Department of Transport (or equivalent) have not consented to a second driveway.
- The driveway is otherwise constrained or not considered appropriate, as determined by Council.
- A second crossing will only be considered where:
- Sight distance for the existing driveway is restricted. In these instances, the existing driveway will likely have to be removed when creating the new driveway.
- A second garage, carport or parking area has been approved by Council.
- The property has frontage to two roads.
- The property fronts a busy road/s, is located in a school area, or near a bus stops etc; and the purpose of the second driveway is to provide for access into and out of the site in a forward direction.
Double Garages on Narrow Lots equal to or greater than 10m and less than 12.5m
Double Garages are permitted on lots equal to or greater than 10m and less than 12.5m, subject to the below.
- To facilitate additional parking behind the building line on narrow allotments without reducing on street parking
- To reduce the visual impact of garages, carports, and parking areas on the streetscape.
- To ensure the dwelling is designed to provide casual surveillance of the street.
- To reduce the apparent bulk and scale of the dwelling.
- Where a residential dwelling is proposed with a double garage on a lot with a frontage equal to or greater than 10 metres and less than12.5 metres (measured at the building line);
- It must be in conjunction with a 2 storey dwelling.
- It must be demonstrated that there is no loss of on street parking, site plans must show:
- an unencumbered area within the property line for on-street parking;
- driveway crossover (minimum 4m for double garage); and
- 500mm driveway setback (minimum) from the side boundary and demonstrate no conflict with services as per Council’s Design and Construction Specification – Access driveways.
- The floor plan must include a habitable room overlooking the street with a balcony incorporated into the design of the front façade.
- The balcony must cover at least 50% of the width of the dwelling.
- The double garage must be recessed from the main building.
- To break up the bulk of the facade, the balcony element must be of a different finish to the main dwelling.
- The front entrance must be visible from the street.
- Non-habitable rooms are discouraged from being located at the front of the dwelling (apart from the front entrance).