Why a Building Permit may be needed for your shed, garage or carport

Why a Building Permit may be needed for your shed, garage or carport

Why a Building Permit may be needed for your shed, garage or carport
Some backyard sheds, garages and carports require a building permit issued by a Building Surveyor in order to be legal and safely built.

Darryl Kerrigan, in the 1997 film The Castle, summed it up best when he said, “a man’s home is his castle”.

It makes sense. You’ve worked hard to get the Australian dream and turn it into a functional home and steady future investment. During your years of homeownership, the interior of the property has undergone renovations and you’ve spent time improving the garden. 

Now, you’re ready for a new garden shed, garage or carport to amplify your property further. While that castle might be yours, it doesn’t necessarily give you rights to erect infrastructure on your property. 

Some backyard sheds, garages and carports require a building permit issued by a Building Surveyor in order to be legal and safely built.  

 

What are the common permits required? 

 

Planning Permit: This legal document gives permission for land use or development and might be required by your local council. If it is, it must be obtained before a Building Permit can be issued, but can be applied for at the same time. 

Simply having a planning permit does not mean you don’t need a Building Permit. If in doubt, speak to your local council’s Town Planning Office. 

Building Permit: There are regulations around when a Building Permit is required and they stipulate a permit is needed when: 

 

  1. A structure is more than 10-metres in area

  2. A structure is more than 2.4 metres high 

  3. Less than 1-metre boundary (like a fence or footpath) 

  4. If a shed or carport will be attached to other infrastructure 

 

In order to determine your legal requirements, a Building Surveyor should be engaged as most local councils do not issue Building Permits. Building Surveyors understand the building control process and are involved in the safe and efficient design and planning of buildings. 

 

What happens if you’ve started building without a permit? 

If you start erecting your shed, garage or carport without the correct permit, your local council will get involved and may present you with a show-cause-notice and fines. This will allow you to put your case forward and show reasoning as to why your shed or carport should continue to be built. 

While unlikely, if you can’t prove your case, your shed, garage or carport might have to be rebuilt from the beginning again. Meaning you’ll have to start the process of applying for a permit before any other works are conducted on your property. 

Common reasons for the rejection of a building permit include: 

 

  1. Building over an easement

  2. Building up too high

  3. The building is considered to be too wide 

  4. Overshadowing of neighbouring properties or structures 

Often building a shed or carport without a Building Permit is considered the cheaper option, but it’s not, as demolishing a previously built structure is far more expensive (and annoying) than obtaining a Building Permit typically from $1190 AUS per permit.  

 

It’s pleasing to note that most property owners do the right thing and seek professional guidance on Building Permits. 

 

How do you apply for a Building Permit? 

 

Shed Bonanza have developed a Building Permit Checklist that outlines everything you need in order to apply for your Building Permit. 

Once this checklist is completed by you, Shed Bonanza will review your information and can start the approvals process to ensure your Building Permit application contains the correct information needed by Building Surveyors.  

So, anybody you know is considering building a shed or carport without knowing if a Building Permit is needed or not, tell them they’re dreaming and put them in contact with us. 

 

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