Do I need building approval to build a shed?
  • Wednesday 04 November 2015

If you’re a man in need of a shed, you have probably wondered if you need building approval to build one. The answer depends on the shed!

Under the Building Code of Australia, sheds carports and garages are Class 10a (non-habitable) buildings. Legislation requires building applications be submitted for approval prior to construction of Class 10a buildings, unless they are deemed to be self-assessable building work.

Typically, a building permit is required for the construction of a Class 10a building such as a shed carport, garage or the like. However, if all of the following criteria are met, the building can be considered self-assessable building work and not require a building permit:

  • no more than 10m² in area after building work is completed (e.g. 3.1m x 3.2m)
  • no more than 2.4m high
  • a mean height of no more than 2.1m
  • no longer than 5m along any side

Please note that boundary setbacks still apply.

If your shed, carport, garage requires an approval, you will need to lodge an application with a building certifier for assessment. A list of building certifiers can be found in the telephone book.

For more information click here.


First appeared in Sunshine Coast Daily November 2, 2015