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A lot of customers are worried about requiring council approval or a permit when buying a shed. That’s why we are here to help clarify and tell you the good news!

Whatever building you are choosing to add to your property in New South Wales, it's recommended you do some research to understand your state and councils guidelines (no matter how small the shed is).

The GOOD NEWS is that not every size shed requires approval or a building licence.

On this page you will find a summary of what you need to know about Council Approval rules and building permits.

If it all gets too much for you, you can also work with the experts in the area at Fast Track Council Approval, their website is super interactive and easy to follow.

THE NUMBER #1 THING TO UNDERSTAND

 

Every councils rules and regulations are different, so there is no one rule fits all in NSW. It is best to always contact your local council directly and ask them what their regulations are regarding sheds, workshops and garages.

If you build a shed, garage, carport etc without approval and you go to sell the property, you can get into trouble. If the council finds your building was added without council approval (and it would have been required) you could face major fines and be forced to remove the building.

IMPORTANT: It's not hard work, or going to cost you anything to check. Even after reading this page we suggest you give your local council a call to be safe.

SIZE REGULATIONS IN NSW

 

Many types of minor projects such as a workshop, carport or garden shed are likely not to require council approval as they fall under the “exempt developments section in the law.

They do need to meet specific requirements to be exempt such as:

  • There are no more than 2 structures per property.
  • In residential zones it can be no larger than 20sqm.
  • If its in rural zones RU1, RU2, RU3, RU4 and R5 it can be no larger than 50sqm.
  • It is no higher than 3m above the ground level.
  • It is set back a minimum of 900mm from each boundary.
  • It cannot interfere with the entry to, or exit from, or the fire safety measures within another building.
  • It cannot be a shipping container.
  • If your property is bushfire prone land it must be constructed of non combustible materials.

There may be other rules listed for your specific council so the above should be used as a guideline of what you can and can't buy, but we highly recommend you call to check once you have determined the product you are after. That way you can tell them your exact size building and intentions for advice.

DO I NEED A BUILDING LICENCE?

 

If your building project doesn’t fall under “exempt developments”, you will need to lodge a development application (DA) or a complying development certificate (CDC).

A DA or is a formal request to build your shed or building and it allows the council to determine whether your project will meet local and state building requirements. They take everying thing account such as the environmental impact, your neighbours or other nearby properties.

It may seem a hassle but its standard protocol and the more straight forward you request the better chance it will be approved fast.

For sheds or buildings larger than 6 meters or farm shds you may require a licence or to hire a building company to construct it. The council will be able to advise you, whether or not your project falls into this category.

TALK TO ALL PARTIES INVOLVED

 

It may be old fashioned but a little neighbourly etiquette can save you time, money and headache.

If you think your building may in any form impact your neighbor's view, light, space etc, have a chat to your them first to let them know what you are planning.

Making sure you keep the peace with your neighbour means a peaceful project and less hassle with getting approval if no one is objecting.

WHAT PAPERS DO I SUBMIT

 

If you do need council approval you will need to check again with your council what it is you will need but here are some items to expect:

  • Detailed site plan
  • Engineer Papers (which we will provide with your shed/workshop/garage)
  • Building Licence for very big buildings for example most of our custom sheds which are more thans 6 x 12 meters.
The information on this page is purely guidance and although we have taken as much action to keep it up to day and clear, you should always check with your Governing body for more details before taking action.

COUNCIL CONTACTS

 
COUNCILWEBSITECONTACT INFO
Albury City Council http://www.alburycity.nsw.gov.au/ 02 6023 8111
Armidale Dumaresq Council http://www.armidale.nsw.gov.au/ 1300 136 833
Ashfield Council http://www.ashfield.nsw.gov.au/ council@innerwest.nsw.gov.au
+61 2 9716 180
Auburn City Council http://www.auburn.nsw.gov.au/ auburncouncil@auburn.nsw.gov.au
9735 1222
Ballina Shire Council http://www.ballina.nsw.gov.au/ council@ballina.nsw.gov.au
02 6686 4444
Balranald Shire Council http://www.balranald.nsw.gov.au/ council@balranald.nsw.gov.au
03 5020 1300
Bankstown City Council http://www.bankstown.nsw.gov.au/ 9707 9000
Bathurst Regional Council http://www.bathurst.nsw.gov.au/ (02) 6333 6111
Bega Valley Shire Council http://www.begavalley.nsw.gov.au/ council@begavalley.nsw.gov.au
(02) 6499 2222
Bellingen Shire Council http://www.bellingen.nsw.gov.au/ council@bellingen.nsw.gov.au
(02) 6655 7300
Berrigan Shire Council http://www.berriganshire.nsw.gov.au/ mail@berriganshire.nsw.gov.au
(03) 5888 5100
Blacktown City Council http://www.blacktown.nsw.gov.au/ council@blacktown.nsw.gov.au
(02) 9839 6000
Bland Shire Council http://www.blandshire.nsw.gov.au/ council@blandshire.nsw.gov.au
6972 2266
Blayney Shire Council http://www.blayney.nsw.gov.au/ council@blayney.nsw.gov.au
(02) 6368 2104
Blue Mountains City Council http://www.bmcc.nsw.gov.au/ council@bmcc.nsw.gov.au
Lower Mountains (02) 4723 5000
Upper Mountains (02) 4780 5000
Bogan Shire Council http://www.bogan.nsw.gov.au/ admin@bogan.nsw.gov.au
(02) 6835 9000
Bombala Council http://www.bombala.nsw.gov.au/ council@snowymonaro.nsw.gov.au
1300 345 345
Boorowa Council http://www.boorowa.nsw.gov.au/ boorowa@hilltops.nsw.gov.au
6380 2000
Botany Bay City Council http://www.botanybay.nsw.gov.au/ council@bayside.nsw.gov.au
1300 581 299
Bourke Shire Council http://www.bourke.nsw.gov.au/ bourkeshire@bourke.nsw.gov.au
02 6830 8000
Brewarrina Shire Council http://http://www.brewarrina.nsw.gov.au/ (02) 6830 5100
Broken Hill City Council http://www.brokenhill.nsw.gov.au/ council@brokenhill.nsw.gov.au
(08) 8080 3300
Burwood Council http://www.burwood.nsw.gov.au/ council@burwood.nsw.gov.au
(02) 9911 9911
Byron Shire Council http://www.byron.nsw.gov.au/ council@byron.nsw.gov.au
02 6626 7000
Cabonne Council http://www.cabonne.nsw.gov.au/ council@cabonne.nsw.gov.au
(02) 6392 3200
Camden Council http://www.camden.nsw.gov.au/ mail@camden.nsw.gov.au
(02) 4654 7777
Campbelltown City Council http://www.campbelltown.nsw.gov.au/ council@campbelltown.nsw.gov.au
02 4645 4000
Carrathool Shire Council http://http://www.carrathool.nsw.gov.au/ council@carrathool.nsw.gov.au
02 6965 1900
Central Darling Shire Council http://www.centraldarling.nsw.gov.au/ council@centraldarling.nsw.gov.au
08 8083 8900
Cessnock City Council http://www.cessnock.nsw.gov.au/ council@cessnock.nsw.gov.au
+61 (02) 4993 4300
City of Canada Bay Council http://www.canadabay.nsw.gov.au/ council@canadabay.nsw.gov.au
9911 6555
City of Cantebury Council http://www.canterbury.nsw.gov.au 9707 9000
City of Ryde Council http://www.ryde.nsw.gov.au/ cityofryde@ryde.nsw.gov.au
9952 8222
City of Sydney Council http://www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/ council@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au
02 9265 9333
Clarence Valley Council http://www.clarence.nsw.gov.au/ council@clarence.nsw.gov.au
02 6643 0200
Cobar Shire Council http://www.cobar.nsw.gov.au/ mail@cobar.nsw.gov.au
(02) 6836 5888
Coffs Harbour City Council http://www.coffsharbour.nsw.gov.au/ coffs.council@chcc.nsw.gov.au
(02) 6648 4000
Conargo Shire Council http://www.conargo.nsw.gov.au/ info@conargo.nsw.gov.au
(03) 5880 1200
Coolamon Shire Council http://www.coolamon.nsw.gov.au/ council@coolamon.nsw.gov.au
02 6930 1800
Cooma-Monaro Shire Council http://www.cooma.nsw.gov.au/ council@snowymonaro.nsw.gov.au
1300 345 345
Coonamble Shire Council http://www.coonambleshire.nsw.gov.au/ council@coonambleshire.nsw.gov.au.
02 6827 1900
Cootamundra Shire Council http://www.cootamundra.nsw.gov.au/ mail@gundagai.nsw.gov.au
69402100
Corowa Shire Council http://www.corowa.nsw.gov.au/ council@corowa.nsw.gov.au
02 6033 8999
Cowra Council http://www.cowracouncil.com.au/ council@cowra.nsw.gov.au
02 6340 2000
Deniliquin Council http://www.deniliquin.nsw.gov.au/ 03 5898 3000
Dubbo City Council http://www.dubbo.nsw.gov.au/ council@dubbo.nsw.gov.au
(02) 6801 4000
Dungog Shire Council http://www.dungog.nsw.gov.au/ shirecouncil@dungog.nsw.gov.au
02 4995 7777
Eurobodalla Shire Council http://www.esc.nsw.gov.au/ Council@esc.nsw.gov.au
02 4474 1000
Fairfield City Council http://www.fairfieldcity.nsw.gov.au/ mail@fairfieldcity.nsw.gov.au
9725 0222
Forbes Shire Council http://www.forbes.nsw.gov.au/ forbes@forbes.nsw.gov.au
02 6850 2300
Gilgandra Shire Council http://http://www.gilgandra.nsw.gov.au/council council@gilgandra.nsw.gov.au
(02) 6817 8800
Glen Innes Severn Council http://www.gisc.nsw.gov.au/ council@gisc.nsw.gov.au
(02) 6730 2300
Gloucester Shire Council http://www.gloucester.nsw.gov.au/ council@gloucester.nsw.gov.au
6538 5250
Gosford City Council http://www.gosford.nsw.gov.au/ ask@centralcoast.nsw.gov.au
4325 8222
Goulburn Mulwaree Council http://www.goulburn.nsw.gov.au/ council@goulburn.nsw.gov.au
02 4823 4444
Great Lakes Council http://www.greatlakes.nsw.gov.au/ council@greatlakes.nsw.gov.au
6591 7222
Greater Hume Shire Council http://www.greaterhume.nsw.gov.au/ mail@greaterhume.nsw.gov.au
(02) 6036 0100
Greater Taree City Council http://www.gtcc.nsw.gov.au/ tareecouncil@gtcc.nsw.gov.au
6592 5399
Griffith City Council http://www.griffith.nsw.gov.au/ admin@griffith.nsw.gov.au
(02) 69 62 8100
Gundagai Shire Council http://www.gundagai.nsw.gov.au/ mail@gundagai.nsw.gov.au
(02) 6944 0200
Gunnedah Shire Council http://www.gunnedah.nsw.gov.au/ council@infogunnedah.com.au
(02) 6740 2100
Guyra Shire Council http://guyra.local-e.nsw.gov.au/ council@guyra.nsw.gov.au
73 504 101 671
Gwydir Shire Council http://www.gwydirshire.com/ (02) 6729 3000 or (02) 6724 2000
Harden Shire Council http://www.harden.nsw.gov.au/ (02) 6386 0100
Hawkesbury City Council http://www.hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au/ council@hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au
(02) 4560 4444
Hay Shire Council http://www.hay.nsw.gov.au/ mail@hay.nsw.gov.au
(02) 6990 1100
Holroyd City Council http://www.holroyd.nsw.gov.au/ council@cumberland.nsw.gov.au
02 9840 9840
Hornsby Shire Council http://www.hornsby.nsw.gov.au/ hsc@hornsby.nsw.gov.au
+61 2 9847 6666
Hunter's Hill Council http://www.huntershill.nsw.gov.au/ council@huntershill.nsw.gov.au
612 9879 9400
Hurstville City Council http://www.hurstville.nsw.gov.au/ mail@georgesriver.nsw.gov.au
9330 6400
Inverell Shire Council http://www.inverell.nsw.gov.au/ council@inverell.nsw.gov.au
(02) 6728 8288
Jerilderie Shire Council http://www.jerilderie.nsw.gov.au/ jerilderie@murrumbidgee.nsw.gov.au
(03) 5886 1200
Junee Shire Council http://www.junee.nsw.gov.au/ Customerserviceteam@junee.nsw.gov.au
02 6924 8100
Kempsey Shire Council http://www.kempsey.nsw.gov.au/index.html ksc@kempsey.nsw.gov.au
02 6566 3200
Kiama Municipal Council http://www.kiama.nsw.gov.au/ council@kiama.nsw.gov.au
(02) 4232 0444
Kogarah City Council http://www.kogarah.nsw.gov.au/ mail@georgesriver.nsw.gov.au
9330 6400
Ku-ring-gai Council http://www.kmc.nsw.gov.au/ kmc@kmc.nsw.gov.au
(02) 9424 0000
Kyogle Council http://www.kyogle.nsw.gov.au/ council@kyogle.nsw.gov.au
02 6632 1611
Lachlan Shire Council http://www.lachlan.nsw.gov.au/ councilconnect@lachlan.nsw.gov.au
02 6895 1900
Lake Macquarie City Council http://www.lakemac.com.au/ council@lakemac.nsw.gov.au
02 4921 0333
Lane Cove Council http://www.lanecove.nsw.gov.au/ lccouncil@lanecove.nsw.gov.au
9911 3555
Leeton Shire Council http://www.leeton.nsw.gov.au/ council@leeton.nsw.gov.au
(02)69530911
Leichhardt Municipal Council http://www.leichhardt.nsw.gov.au/ leichhardt@lmc.nsw.gov.au
(02) 9367 9222
Lismore City Council http://www.lismore.nsw.gov.au/ council@lismore.nsw.gov.au
1300 87 83 87
Lithgow City Council http://www.lithgow.nsw.gov.au/ council@lithgow.nsw.gov.au
(02) 6354 9999 or 1300 661 303
Liverpool City Council http://www.liverpool.nsw.gov.au/ lcc@liverpool.nsw.gov.au
1300 36 2170
Liverpool Plains Shire Council http://www.lpsc.nsw.gov.au/ lpsc@lpsc.nsw.gov.au
02 6746 1755
Lockhart Shire Council http://www.lockhart.nsw.gov.au/ mail@lockhart.nsw.gov.au
02 6920 5305
Maitland City Council http://www.maitland.nsw.gov.au/ info@maitland.nsw.gov.au
(02) 4934 9700
Manly Council http://www.manly.nsw.gov.au/ records@manly.nsw.gov.au
(02) 9976 1500
Marrickville Council http://www.marrickville.nsw.gov.au/ council@marrickville.nsw.gov.au
(02) 9335 2222
Mid-Western Regional Council http://www.midwestern.nsw.gov.au/ council@midwestern.nsw.gov.au
1300 765 002
Moree Plains Shire Council http://www.mpsc.nsw.gov.au/ council@mpsc.nsw.gov.au
(02) 6757 3222
Mosman Municipal Council http://www.mosman.nsw.gov.au/ council@mosman.nsw.gov.au
9978 4000
Murray Shire Council http://www.murray.nsw.gov.au/ admin@murray.nsw.gov.au
03 5884 3302
Murrumbidgee Shire Council http://www.murrumbidgee.local-e.nsw.gov.au/ mail@murrumbidgee.nsw.gov.au
(02) 6960 5500
Muswellbrook Shire Council http://www.muswellbrook.nsw.gov.au/ council@muswellbrook.nsw.gov.au
02 6549 3700
Nambucca Shire Council http://www.nambucca.nsw.gov.au/ council@nambucca.nsw.gov.au
(02) 6568 2555
Narrabri Shire Council http://www.narrabri.nsw.gov.au/ council@narrabri.nsw.gov.au
(02) 6799 6866
Narrandera Shire Council http://www.narrandera.nsw.gov.au/ council@narrandera.nsw.gov.au
(02) 6959 5510
Narromine Shire Council http://www.narromine.nsw.gov.au/ mail@narromine.nsw.gov.au
02 6889 9999
Newcastle City Council http://www.ncc.nsw.gov.au/ mail@ncc.nsw.gov.au
02 4974 2000
North Sydney Council http://www.northsydney.nsw.gov.au/ (02) 9936 8100
Oberon Council http://www.oberon.nsw.gov.au/ council@oberon.nsw.gov.au
02 6329 8100
Orange City Council http://www.orange.nsw.gov.au/ council@orange.nsw.gov.au
02 6393 8000
Palerang Council http://www.palerang.nsw.gov.au/ council@qprc.nsw.gov.au
02 6238 8111
Parkes Shire Council http://www.parkes.nsw.gov.au/ council@parkes.nsw.gov.au
02 6861 2333
Parramatta City Council http://www.parracity.nsw.gov.au/ 9806 5050
Penrith City Council http://www.penrithcity.nsw.gov.au/ council@penrithcity.nsw.gov.au
(02) 4732 7777
Pittwater Council http://www.pittwater.nsw.gov.au/ pittwater@northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au
(02) 9970 1111
Port Macquarie-Hastings Council http://www.pmhc.nsw.gov.au/ council@pmhc.nsw.gov.au
(02) 6581 8111
Port Stephens Council http://www.portstephens.local-e.nsw.gov.au/ council@portstephens.nsw.gov.au
02 4980 0255
Queanbeyan City Council http://www.qcc.nsw.gov.au/ council@qprc.nsw.gov.au
02 6238 8111
Randwick City Council http://www.randwick.nsw.gov.au/ council@randwick.nsw.gov.au
1300 722 542
Richmond Valley Council http://www.richmondvalley.nsw.gov.au/ council@richmondvalley.nsw.gov.au
(02) 6660 0300
Rockdale City Council http://www.rockdale.nsw.gov.au/ rcc@rockdale.nsw.gov.au
9562 1666
Shellharbour City Council http://www.shellharbour.nsw.gov.au/ records@shellharbour.nsw.gov.au
4221 6111
Shoalhaven City Council http://www.shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au/ council@shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au
(02) 4429 3111
Singleton Council http://www.singleton.nsw.gov.au/ 02 6578 7290
Snowy River Shire Council http://www.snowyriver.nsw.gov.au/ council@snowymonaro.nsw.gov.au
1300 345 345
Strathfield Council http://www.strathfield.nsw.gov.au/ council@strathfield.nsw.gov.au
(02) 9748 9999
Sutherland Shire Council http://www.sutherland.nsw.gov.au/ ssc@ssc.nsw.gov.au
(02) 9710 0333
Tamworth Regional Council http://www.tamworth.nsw.gov.au/ trc@tamworth.nsw.gov.au
02) 6767 5555
Temora Shire Council http://www.temora.nsw.gov.au/ temshire@temora.nsw.gov.au
(02) 6980 1100
Tenterfield Shire Council http://http://www.tenterfield.nsw.gov.au/ council@tenterfield.nsw.gov.au
(02) 6736 6000
The Hills Shire Council http://www.thehills.nsw.gov.au/ slc_nsw@slcommunications.com.au
+61 2 9843 0555
Tumbarumba Shire Council http://www.tumbashire.nsw.gov.au/ mail@tumbashire.nsw.gov.au
02 6948 9100
Tumut Shire Council http://www.tumut.nsw.gov.au/ admin@tumut.nsw.gov.au
02 6941 2555
Tweed Shire Council http://www.tweed.nsw.gov.au/ tsc@tweed.nsw.gov.au
(02) 6670 2400
Upper Lachlan Council http://www.upperlachlan.local-e.nsw.gov.au/ council@upperlachlan.nsw.gov.au
(02) 4830 1000
Upper Hunter Shire Council http://http://upperhunter.nsw.gov.au/ council@upperhunter.nsw.gov.au
02 6540 1100
Uralla Shire Council http://www.uralla.nsw.gov.au/ council@uralla.nsw.gov.au
(02) 6778 6300
Urana Shire Council http://www.urana.nsw.gov.au/ mail@urana.nsw.gov.au
(02) 6930 9100
Wagga Wagga City Council http://www.wagga.nsw.gov.au/ council@wagga.nsw.gov.au
1300 292 442
Wakool Shire Council http://www.wakool.nsw.gov.au/ mail@wakool.nsw.gov.au
03 5887 5007
Walcha Council http://www.walcha.nsw.gov.au/ council@walcha.nsw.gov.au
6774 2500
Walgett Shire Council http://www.walgett.nsw.gov.au/ admin@walgett.nsw.gov.au
02 6828 6100
Warren Shire Council http://www.warren.nsw.gov.au/ 9942 2111
Warringah Council http://www.warringah.nsw.gov.au/ 9942 2111
Warrumbungle Shire Council http://www.warrumbungle.nsw.gov.au/ info@warrumbungle.nsw.gov.au
1300 795 099
Waverley Council http://www.waverley.nsw.gov.au/ info@waverley.nsw.gov.au
(02) 9083 8000
Weddin Shire Council http://www.weddin.nsw.gov.au/ mail@weddin.nsw.gov.au
02 6343 1212
Wellington Council http://www.wellington.nsw.gov.au/ council@dubbo.nsw.gov.au
(02) 6801 4000
Wentworth Shire Council http://www.wentworth.nsw.gov.au/ council@wentworth.nsw.gov.au
(03) 5027 5027
Willoughby City Council http://www.willoughby.nsw.gov.au/ email@willoughby.nsw.gov.au
+61 (2) 9777 1000
Wingecarribee Shire Council http://www.wsc.nsw.gov.au/ mail@wsc.nsw.gov.au
(02) 4868 0888
Wollondilly Shire Council http://http://www.wollondilly.nsw.gov.au/ council@wollondilly.nsw.gov.au
(02) 4677 1100
Wollongong City Council http://www.wollongong.nsw.gov.au/ council@wollongong.nsw.gov.au
(02) 4227 7111
Woollahra Municipal Council http://www.woollahra.nsw.gov.au/ records@woollahra.nsw.gov.au
02 9391 7000
Wyong Shire Council http://www.wyong.nsw.gov.au/ wsc@wyong.nsw.gov.au
(02) 4350 5555
Yass Valley Council http://http://www.yassvalley.nsw.gov.au/ Council@yass.nsw.gov.au
02 6226 1477
Young Shire Council http://www.young.nsw.gov.au/ mail@hilltops.nsw.gov.au
02 6380 1200
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