If you’re thinking about installing a new shed, you may be disappointed to learn that getting approval isn’t as easy as it might once have been. Indeed, the good old days of just slapping up a shed wherever you want are over. These days, many new buildings and structures in a residential area are subject to strict shire regulations, and getting approval can be long and painful. But don’t lose hope! Here are 5 steps to make your shed application process as quick and successful as possible!
Step 1: Find out if your shed will need shire approval
Sheds are built every day for a myriad of reasons – from private, commercial, and industrial purposes, there are as many types of approvals as there are sheds. It all comes down to the what and where and why of your shed. Council approval for shed builds depend on a few basic rules. If you’re planning on constructing a small garden tool shed that’s less than 10 metres square and you meet some basic criteria, you can relax knowing you’re free to go ahead and start building. Anything larger or intended for commercial use will need shire approval.
Step 2: Understand your local council regulations
Every shire is different, and so are their regulations when it comes to sheds. It pays off to either do some research or get in touch with your local council and ask for information. Don’t be fooled by online blogs or discussion pages that claim certain rules and regulations are applicable – always go straight to the source.
Step 3: Chat with your neighbours
If you’re setting up a shed near a fence line or somewhere that impacts the view or privacy of a neighbour, it’s a good idea to chat with them about your plans and perhaps show them a mockup of what it will look like. Getting a neighbours permission can be crucial if it comes down to the wire. If the actual regulations state you can’t build the shed you want to, written permission from neighbours might be your golden ticket.
Step 4: Get your head around building permits
If your shed meets certain requirements, you may be able to fast-track your project and bypass the Development Approval process, for all other projects, you’ll need to get a development application (DA) and your project will be assessed within a matter of weeks or months. As this bit can be the longest – it’s best to get your application in as soon as possible.
Step 5: Hire a shed company that knows how to deal with council regulations
Having your shed building company on board when it comes to dealing with the local shire can make all the difference. From the planning and submission phase to wrangling the shire office and following up – it’s easy to get lost in the paperwork. Finding a shed builder that isn’t afraid to get their hands dirty in the paperwork and you’ll be more than fine.