Know the Facts Before Building a Shed

Sheds can come in handy in a number of ways. Most people use sheds to store tools and other outdoor items. That way, their yards aren’t littered with unsightly things. A shed can help you stay a lot more organised and can keep your property looking neat and tidy. If you’ve been thinking about building a shed, though, you should familiarise yourself with some basics about building approvals and planning approvals first.

When buying a new home, your Brisbane building inspection should ensure that any sheds that are on the property are up to code. Indeed, it is well worth your while to have Brisbane building inspectors look your shed over, to ensure that it’s not at odds with local ordinances – and that it’s structurally sound. While an inspector can double-check everything for you, it never hurts to have a basic understanding about what the law has to say. Below, you’ll find basic information about building approvals and planning approvals.

Building Approvals

You don’t always need a building approval in order to build a shed. If your shed meets the following criteria, you should be good to go:

– It is no more than 5 metres in length
– It has an area that’s no greater than 10 square metres
– It is no more than 2.4 metres high, with an average mean height of no more than 2.1 metres

Keep in mind that all of the preceding points must be met in order to proceed without a building approval.

You may be wondering what a building approval entails. Basically, it is used to confirm that a shed is structurally sound. If a building approval is needed, a building certifier will examine your shed and assess its structural integrity based on the Building Code of Australia.

Planning Approvals

There are a few more gray areas involved when it comes to planning approvals. For the most part, a planning approval is conducted by the city council and is based on the City Plan. It is used to ensure that a structure fits in well with the locality and that it doesn’t offend or bother your neighbours.

Several things can affect whether or not you will need a planning approval:

– If your property is or isn’t included in a Demolition Control Precinct, or DCP
– The precise location of your property
– If your property is or isn’t exempt from City Plan regulations
– If your property is on a small lot

Since you’d probably like to stay on a positive note with your neighbours, it’s smart to make sure that your shed won’t run afoul of any local codes or ordinances. Better still, let your neighbours know about your planned shed and see what they think.