What approvals do I need for my shed?

DATE POSTED: Nov 23, 2017 3:30:00 PM
POSTED BY: Wheatbelt Steel

Sheds, like other buildings are required to meet all relevant council approvals and comply with applicable legislations. In most cases, there are 2 types of approvals that need to be considered; planning and building approval.

Planning Approval

Planning approval is a legal document granting permission for development or land use. Planning approvals ensure that the development complies with the local planning scheme, residential design codes and other relevant legislation and policies.

Not all sheds however, require planning approval. Whether your shed will need planning approval depends on several factors including:

  • If your shed exceeds 10m2 in area
  • If your land is zoned residential, rural residential, rural small holdings or rural
  • If the land is in a bushfire prone area
  • If the land is in a flood plain area
  • If the land has any heritage compliance considerations
  • If the land has a dwelling on site (house/other outbuildings etc.)

If your shed falls into any of these categories, then it is likely you will require planning approval prior to building.  With a quick check on the Department of Planning’s website or a call to your local shire, you will be able to identify whether or not you require planning approval!

It is true that if planning approval is required for your shed, it will incur an additional cost. The good thing is that we can predetermine this figure by calculating the estimated cost of your shed and which scheme it falls into. For example, if your shed costs between $50,000 and $500,000 then planning approval will be a maximum 0.32% of the total development.

Shires have 60 business days to determine planning approval once an application is submitted. This may seem like a long time, hence why Wheatbelt Steel make sure the planning process is one of the first steps when progressing with a job. This allows for the organisation of all other approvals whilst waiting for planning to be granted. Want more information? Download the Building Approvals Process Guide to get an in depth explanation of all processes and requirements for your next building. 

Building Permits

Now that you know about planning, what about building permits? In Australia, a building permit is required before carrying out any*  construction works. The building permit is to ensure your shed is constructed in a way that is safe and compliant with all legislations relating to your land and building.

To make this process easier for you, Wheatbelt Steel can offer building permits as an inclusion in your contract.  Where timeframes are sensitive Wheatbelt Steel can submit building permits as certified – meaning the shire is limited to 10 business days to decide on the application, as opposed to 25 business days with an uncertified permit. All this means is that an independent assessor is engaged to review your specifications, planning approvals and structural engineered plans before supplying a Certificate of Design Compliance (BA3) for submission to the shire.

If a seamless and stress free experience is what you are looking for, we can take care of all communication with the Shire from start to finish.

Need More Information?

If you have any questions on the approval process for your shed, contact our team for professional and simplified advice. If you want more information click the link below to download the full building approvals process guide.


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