Satellite dishes

Exemptions from development and building approval may apply to certain dish antennas, including support structures, provided they comply with relevant provisions of Regulations. Examples of dish antennas include certain:

  • satellite dishes for receiving TV and sending signals to satellite
  • microwave receiving dishes for wireless voice and data
  • satellite dishes for wireless internet services.

Exemptions from development approval

The development does not need development approval if it complies with relevant provisions of the Planning and Development Regulation 2008, Schedule 1. Below is a summary of these provisions. It is correct as of the date the web page was last updated - scroll to the bottom of the web page to find this - however the Regulation's Schedule may been updated since then. In summary, the development is exempt provided that:

  • it is a parabolic antenna with a solid, wire or mesh dish
  • if any part is within 1.5m of a side boundary or rear boundary of the block, it is the only class 10 building or structure (other than a boundary fence) that has any part of it that is within 1.5m of the boundary, or the second exempt building or structure within the boundary clearance area exemption applies
  • it complies with relevant general exemption criteria
  • if mounted on the ground, the diameter is not more than 1.55m and the height is not more than 3m above natural ground level
  • if externally mounted on a building in a residential area, the diameter is not more than 0.65m
  • if externally mounted on a building in a residential area, if the building is a single dwelling where the closest point of the dwelling's roof to the antenna is lower than the highest point of the antenna, the distance from the highest point of the antenna to the closest point on the rool is not more than 1.5m
  • if externally mounted on a building in a non-residential area, the diameter is not more than 1.55m
  • if externally mounted on a building in a non-residential area, if the closest point of the building's roof to the antenna is lower than the highest point of the antenna, the distance from the highest point of the antenna the closest point on the roof is not more than 2m
  • if externally mounted on a building in a non-residential area, the antenna is screened so that it cannot be seen by a 2m-tall person standing on the ground less than 100m from the antenna
  • if externally mounted on a building in a non-residential area, the antenna's colour matches the adjacent colour of the building or is the colour of the antenna as manufactured.

See definitions to understand the terms in italics.

Exemptions from building approval

The development does not need building approval if it complies with relevant provisions of the Building (General) Regulation 2008, Schedule 1. Below is a summary of these provisions. It is correct as of the date the web page was last updated - scroll to the bottom of the web page to find this - however the Regulation's Schedule may been updated since then. In summary, the development is exempt provided that it:

  • is a class 10b building maximum height of 6m (excluding any part in ground or part of another building or used for a purpose other than supporting assembly or aerial)
  • will not affect the structural integrity of any part of a building for which a Certificate of Occupancy or other certificate under the Building Act 2004, part 5, has been issued
  • will not affect a fire-rated wall, ceiling or floor
  • will not affect a ventilation or air-handling system, fire protection system or other mechanical service
  • will not affect a fire escape, emergency lift, stairway, exit or passage to an exit
  • will not affect the natural light or ventilation available to a building which a certificate under the Act, part 5 has been issued
  • will not affect the building in a way that reduces its compliance with the Building Code to a level that is less than the minimum requirements of the Code
  • does not involve handling asbestos or disturbing friable asbestos (other than minor maintenance work, i.e. low speed or hand-drilling, sealing, painting, coating if done personally by the owner or occupier of the premises).

No building approval, licence, notice, certifier, plans, inspections, certificates, design or construction standards required under the Building Act 2004.

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