Definition of an outbuilding 

An outbuilding is defined by the Residential Design Codes (R-Codes) as “an enclosed non-habitable structure that is detached from any dwelling.”

Outbuildings are also known as sheds, barns and workshops, with varying design, size and construction materials. They may be pre-constructed, transported to and then placed on land, and are capable of being adapted for various uses.

An outbuilding is considered as a Class 10a building under the Building Codes of Australia.

Do you need Planning Approval?

Planning Approval ensures that the development of a property within the Shire complies with the Local Planning Scheme, Residential Design Codes and other relevant legislation and policies.

Planning Approval may be required when a proposed outbuilding does not comply with specific criteria in the Residential Design Codes. For example, if the proposed shed/outbuilding:

  • Will be a ‘habitable room’
  • Is located within a Bushfire Prone Area
  • Is located within a Heritage Area
  • Is affected by floodway and/or flood fringe.

Important notes:

  • Before proceeding, it is recommended you contact the Shire’s Planning Team to check if your shed or outbuilding requires Planning Approval
  • Planning Approval may be required for the proposed outbuilding/s even if a Building Permit is not required
  • If the proposed structure requires Planning Approval, you must obtain this prior to lodging an application for a Building Permit.

How to apply

Refer to Apply for Planning Approval

Do you need a Building Permit?

A Building Permit ensures that the proposed building work complies with the Building Codes of Australia and other relevant standards and legislation.

Under the Building Regulations 2012, a Building Permit is not required for a shed that is freestanding and has a floor area not exceeding 10m² and a height less than 2.4m.  You will require a Building Permit if the shed or outbuilding exceeds this floor area or height.

How to apply

Refer to Building Permit Application

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