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Getting shire approvals for sheds in WA

Getting Shire Approvals for Sheds in WA

One of the most important factors to consider when buying a shed is the shire regulations. Shed sizes and site locations can be very complicated and involve many factors to get what you want.

  • EG1. Most standard boundary setbacks for a shed are 1mtr however it is not uncommon to build a shed up to the boundary providing it doesn’t adversely affect neighbouring properties and meets any other council requirements.
  • EG2. Most shire will allow a max wall height (height to gutter) of 3mtrs however, depending on boundary setbacks, roof pitch, shed location etc it may be possible to apply to get an R-Code variation to build a shed up to 3.4mtrs high or maybe more to help accommodate a car hoist or whatever may be required.

WA Sheds staff are well versed on most suburban council requirements regarding sheds and are happy to help with this if needed. We also highly recommend you take your quote into the relevant council dept to get some advice regarding the validity of obtaining a building license. If you can’t get a confident answer due to your shed design not complying with the regulations, you can usually ask to for a “Planning” or “Development” application. This application, a plan of where the shed is to be located on your block, and the quote details will suffice to get Planning or Development approval (a small fee is usually payable but well worth it). Apart from the council fee this is the cheapest way to ensure your project can proceed successfully as our comprehensive quotes are free of charge.

A building license is still required and requires the complete shed engineering along with the above information and a completed BA2 application form (we can supply on request free of charge). A deposit must be paid before the engineering will be released but with either Planning approval or a confident response from the council, the building license is a formality thus reducing the need to spend too much money unnecessarily.

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