Courtyard walls can provide privacy, security and screening. You need to get development approval for courtyard walls in some cases. This fact sheet summarises when courtyard walls do not require development approval.

Courtyard walls

A courtyard allows for privacy or open space area in front of a house. A courtyard wall must be constructed of brick, block, masonry or stonework and may have feature panels that use another material. The rules around courtyard walls for single dwellings are written in the Single Dwelling Housing Development Code of the Territory Plan (see element 3.3 and 3.4). The rules and requirements may differ depending on the size of your block. If you meet the rules below, your courtyard wall will not need development approval.

For large blocks (500m2 and greater)

For midsized blocks (between 250m2 and 500m2)

For compact blocks (250m2 and under)

For information on courtyard walls on multi unit sites, please submit an enquiry.

Figure a: The length of the wall cannot be more than 50% of the width of your block if your block is wider than 12 metres.

Figure a: The length of the wall cannot be more than 50% of the width of your block if your block is wider than 12 metres.

Figure b: The length of the wall cannot be more than 70% of the width of your block if your block is less than 12 metres wide.

Figure b: The length of the wall cannot be more than 70% of the width of your block if your block is less than 12 metres wide.

Further Information

If you have any questions about this information sheet or would like more information, please contact the DA Gateway team on 02 6205 2888 or by submitting an enquiry. You can also visit us in person at 16 Challis Street, Dickson from 8.30 am to 4.30 pm, Monday to Friday