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WA Shed Council Approval Information

 

Many customers are concerned about adding sheds and workshops ( let along garages) to their properties incase the council regulations are opposed to it.

Some customers are not even aware that you need council approval when adding some buildings to your home.

The idea of working out if you need council approval or not and how to go about it if you do is daunting.

We understand this, and if we could do the paperwork for you we would! But unfortunately we can but the GOOD NEWS is we can help you on your way. On this page i have provided some vital information for you to understand if you need council approval or not and how to go about it.

THE NUMBER #1 THING TO UNDERSTAND

 

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

Even after reading this page we suggest you give them a call to be safe. We have provided a list of councils below.

SIZE RESTRAINTS IN WA

 

So a good start is knowing how big does your building need to be before it is required to have paper work submitted and council approval.

In Western Australia the common regulation is 10 square metres. Anything larger than 10 sqm may require a permit and if it’s under 10 sqm, you may not need one. However, it's worth checking with your local council directly to be safe rather than sorry. As mentioned each one can have different rules. This measurement is the general rule.

DO I NEED A BUILDING LICENCE?

 

No, unless your building falls under a different Class or requirements ( if you are building a Class a BuildIng or the size exceeds a certain size).

Generally you will need approval for workshops, garage and carports but you do not need a licence to build them. There are some guidelines you will need to follow.

  • The shed must be placed behind the front setback line. It is also not allowed to interfere with any vehicular sight lines.
  • It must it comply with Building Code of Australia fire safety requirements, which means it is at least 900 mm away from any other structure on the property
  • The shed must be built from quality materials in a structurally sound manner and
  • it must be anchored to the ground to prevent the wind from turning it into a missile.

For a shed to be small enough, it can be no taller than 2.4 metres above the natural level of the ground. The floor or deck may not be more than 500 mm above the natural level of the ground.

The shed cannot be located in a conservation precinct.

TALK TO ALL PARTIES INVOLVED

 

Too often you hear stories of people having to pull down sheds or structures in their backyards because their neighbour complained to the council.

Avoid this drama and waste of money by talking to your council and your neighbour, especially if your shed or building may be inview of the neighbour, block some view or sunlight from their home.

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.

LIST OF COUNCILS

 
COUNCILWEBSITECONTACT INFO
Albany http://www.albany.wa.gov.au/ staff@albany.wa.gov.au
(08) 9841 9333
Armadale http://www.armadale.wa.gov.au/ info@armadale.wa.gov.au
08 9394 5000
Ashburton http://www.ashburton.wa.gov.au/ soa@ashburton.wa.gov.au
08 9188 4444
Augusta-Margaret River http://www.amrsc.wa.gov.au/ amrshire@amrshire.wa.gov.au
08 9780 5660
Bassendean http://www.bassendean.wa.gov.au/ mail@bassendean.wa.gov.au
(08) 9377 8000
Bayswater http://www.bayswater.wa.gov.au/ mail@bayswater.wa.gov.au
9272 0622
Belmont http://www.belmont.wa.gov.au/ belmont@belmont.wa.gov.au
(08) 9477 7222
Boddington http://www.boddington.wa.gov.au/ shire@boddington.wa.gov.au
(08) 9883 4999
Bridgetown-Greenbushes http://www.bridgetown.wa.gov.au/ btnshire@bridgetown.wa.gov.au
(08) 9761 1555
Brookton http://www.brookton.wa.gov.au/ mail@brookton.wa.gov.au
(08) 9642 1106
Broome http://www.broome.wa.gov.au/ shire@broome.wa.gov.au
08 9191 3456
Broomehill-Tambellup http://www.shirebt.wa.gov.au/ mail@shirebt.wa.gov.au
(08) 9825 3555
Bunbury http://www.bunbury.wa.gov.au/ records@bunbury.wa.gov.au
(08) 9792 7000
Busselton http://www.busselton.wa.gov.au/ city@busselton.wa.gov.au
(08) 9781 0444
Cambridge http://www.cambridge.wa.gov.au/ mail@cambridge.wa.gov.au
9347 6000
Canning http://www.canning.wa.gov.au/ customer@canning.wa.gov.au
1300 422 664
Capel http://www.capel.wa.gov.au/ info@capel.wa.gov.au
08 9727 0222
Carnarvon http://www.carnarvon.wa.gov.au/ ceo.secretary@carnarvon.wa.gov.au
(08) 9941 0000
Chapman Valley http://www.chapmanvalley.wa.gov.au/ cso@chapmanvalley.wa.gov.au
(08) 9920 5011
Chittering http://www.chittering.wa.gov.au/ chatter@chittering.wa.gov.au
(08) 9576 4600
Claremont http://www.claremont.wa.gov.au/ toc@claremont.wa.gov.au
9285 4300
Cockburn http://www.cockburn.wa.gov.au/ customer@cockburn.wa.gov.au
08 9411 3444
Collie http://www.collie.wa.gov.au/ colshire@collie.wa.gov.au
08 9734 9000
Coolgardie http://www.coolgardie.wa.gov.au/ mail@coolgardie.wa.gov.au
(08) 9080 2111
Coorow http://www.coorow.wa.gov.au/ admin@coorow.wa.gov.au
08 9952 0100
Cottesloe http://www.cottesloe.wa.gov.au/ council@cottesloe.wa.gov.au
9285 5000
Cuballing http://www.cuballing.wa.gov.au/ enquiries@cuballing.wa.gov.au
(08) 9883 6031
Cue http://www.cue.wa.gov.au/ shire@cue.wa.gov.au
(08) 9963 8600
Cunderdin http://www.cunderdin.wa.gov.au/ admin@cunderdin.wa.gov.au
(08) 9635 2700
Dandaragan http://www.dandaragan.wa.gov.au/ council@dandaragan.wa.gov.au
08 9652 0800
Dardanup http://www.dardanup.wa.gov.au/ records@dardanup.wa.gov.au
9724 0000
Denmark http://www.denmark.wa.gov.au/ enquiries@denmark.wa.gov.au
(08) 9848 0300
Derby-West Kimberley http://www.sdwk.wa.gov.au/ sdwk@sdwk.wa.gov.au
(08) 9191 0999
Donnybrook-Balingup http://www.donnybrook-balingup.wa.gov.au/ shire@donnybrook.wa.gov.au
08 9780 4200
East Fremantle http://www.eastfremantle.wa.gov.au/ admin@eastfremantle.wa.gov.au
(08) 9339 9339
East Pilbara http://www.eastpilbara.wa.gov.au/ admin@eastpilbara.wa.gov.au
+61 8 9175 8000
Esperance http://www.esperance.wa.gov.au/ shire@esperance.wa.gov.au
(08) 9071 0666
Exmouth http://www.exmouth.wa.gov.au/ records@exmouth.wa.gov.au
(08) 9949 3000
Fremantle http://www.fremantle.wa.gov.au/ info@fremantle.wa.gov.au
08 9432 9999
Geraldton ttp://www.cgg.wa.gov.au/ council@cgg.wa.gov.au
08 9956 6600
Gingin http://www.gingin.wa.gov.au/ mail@gingin.wa.gov.au
(08) 9575 2211
Gnowangerup http://www.gnowangerup.wa.gov.au/ gnpshire@gnowangerup.wa.gov.au
(08) 9827 1007
Gosnells http://www.gosnells.wa.gov.au/ council@gosnells.wa.gov.au
08 9397 3000
Greenough http://http://www.cgg.wa.gov.au/ records@greenough.wa.gov.au
+61 8 9956 6600
Halls Creek http://www.hallscreek.wa.gov.au/ hcshire@hcshire.wa.gov.au
(08) 9168 6007
Harvey http://www.harvey.wa.gov.au/ shire@harvey.wa.gov.au
+61 8 9729 0300
Irwin http://www.irwin.wa.gov.au/ reception@irwin.wa.gov.au
9927 0000
Jerramungup http://www.jerramungup.wa.gov.au/ council@jerramungup.wa.gov.au
(08) 9835 1022
Joondalup http://www.joondalup.wa.gov.au/ info@joondalup.wa.gov.au
(+61 8) 9400 4000
Kalamunda http://www.kalamunda.wa.gov.au/ kala.shire@kalamunda.wa.gov.au
(08) 9257 9999
Kalgoorlie-Boulder http://www.kalbould.wa.gov.au/ mailbag@ckb.wa.gov.au
08 9021 9600
Karratha http://www.karratha.wa.gov.au/ enquiries@karratha.wa.gov.au
08 9186 8555
Katanning http://www.katanning.wa.gov.au/ admin@katanning.wa.gov.au
08 9821 9999
Kent http://www.kent.wa.gov.au/ admin@kent.wa.gov.au
08 9829 1051
Kwinana http://www.kwinana.wa.gov.au/ admin@kwinana.wa.gov.au
(08) 9439 0200
Lake Grace http://www.lakegrace.wa.gov.au/ shire@lakegrace.wa.gov.au
(08) 9890 2500
Mandurah http://www.mandurah.wa.gov.au/ council@mandurah.wa.gov.au
08 9550 3777
Melville http://www.melvillecity.com.au/ melinfo@melville.wa.gov.au
(08) 9364 0666
Menzies http://www.menzies.wa.gov.au/ admin@menzies.wa.gov.au
(08) 9024 2041
Merredin http://www.merredin.wa.gov.au/ admin@merredin.wa.gov.au
(08) 9041 1611
Moora http://www.moora.wa.gov.au/ moorashire@wn.com.au
(08) 9651 0000
Mosman Park http://www.mosmanpark.wa.gov.au/ admin@mosmanpark.wa.gov.au
9384-1633
Mount Magnet http://www.mtmagnet.wa.gov.au/ shire@mtmagnet.wa.gov.au
(08) 9963 3000
Mount Marshall http://www.mtmarshall.wa.gov.au/ admin@mtmarshall.wa.gov.au
08 9685 1202
Mullewa http://www.mullewa.wa.gov.au/ council@cgg.wa.gov.au
(08) 9956 6643
Mundaring http://www.mundaring.wa.gov.au/ shire@mundaring.wa.gov.au
08 9290 6666
Murray http://www.murray.wa.gov.au/ mailbag@murray.wa.gov.au
(08) 9531 7777
Nannup http://www.nannup.wa.gov.au/ nannup@nannup.wa.gov.au
(08) 9756 1018
Narrogin http://www.narrogin.wa.gov.au/ enquiries@narrogin.wa.gov.au
08 9890 0900
Narrogin Shire of http://www.narrogin.wa.gov.au/ enquiries@narrogin.wa.gov.au
08 9890 0900
Nedlands http://www.nedlands.wa.gov.au/ council@nedlands.wa.gov.au
9273 3500
Ngaanyatjarraku http://www.ngaanyatjarraku.wa.gov.au/ mail@ngaanyatjarraku.wa.gov.au
08) 8956 7966
Northam http://www.northam.wa.gov.au/ records@northam.wa.gov.au
(08) 9622 6100
Northampton http://www.northampton.wa.gov.au/ council@northampton.wa.gov.au
9934 1202
Peppermint Grove http://www.peppermintgrove.wa.gov.au/ admin@peppermintgrove.wa.gov.au
9286 8600
Perenjori http://www.perenjori.wa.gov.au/ admin@perenjori.wa.gov.au
08 9973 0100
Perth http://www.perth.wa.gov.au/ info.city@cityofperth.wa.gov.au
61 8 9461 3333
Plantagenet http://www.plantagenet.wa.gov.au/ info@sop.wa.gov.au
(08) 9892 1111
Port Hedland http://www.porthedland.wa.gov.au/ council@porthedland.wa.gov.au
(08) 9158 9300
Ravensthorpe http://www.ravensthorpe.wa.gov.au/ shire@ravensthorpe.wa.gov.au
(08) 9839 0000
Rockingham http://www.rockingham.wa.gov.au/ customer@rockingham.wa.gov.au
(08) 9528 0333
Roebourne http://www.roebourne.wa.gov.au/ or@roebourne.wa.gov.au
Serpentine-Jarrahdale http://www.sjshire.wa.gov.au/ info@sjshire.wa.gov.au
9526 1111
Shark Bay http://www.sharkbay.wa.gov.au/ admin@sharkbay.wa.gov.au
08 9948 1218
South Perth http://www.southperth.wa.gov.au/ enquiries@southperth.wa.gov.au
9474 0777
Stirling http://www.stirling.wa.gov.au/ stirling@stirling.wa.gov.au
(08) 9205 8555
Subiaco http://www.subiaco.wa.gov.au/ city@subiaco.wa.gov.au
(08) 9237 9222
Swan http://www.swan.wa.gov.au/Home swan@swan.wa.gov.au
(08) 9267 9267
Upper Gascoyne http://www.uppergascoyne.wa.gov.au/ admin@uppergascoyne.wa.gov.au
(08) 9943 0988
Victoria Park http://www.vicpark.wa.gov.au/ ADMIN@VICPARK.WA.GOV.au
08 9311 8111
Vincent http://www.vincent.wa.gov.au/ mail@vincent.wa.gov.au
(08) 9273 6000
Wanneroo http://www.wanneroo.wa.gov.au/ enquiries@wanneroo.wa.gov.au
9405 5000
Waroona http://www.waroona.wa.gov.au/ warshire@waroona.wa.gov.au
(08) 9733 7800
West Arthur http://www.westarthur.wa.gov.au/ shire@westarthur.wa.gov.au
(08) 9736 2222
Westonia http://www.westonia.wa.gov.au/ shire@westonia.wa.gov.au
(08) 9046 7063
Wiluna http://www.wiluna.wa.gov.au/ reception@wiluna.wa.gov.au
(08) 9981 8000
Wongan-Ballidu http://www.wongan.wa.gov.au/ shire@wongan.wa.gov.au
(08) 9671 1011
Wyndham-East Kimberley http://www.swek.wa.gov.au/ mail@swek.wa.gov.au
(08) 9161 1200
Yilgarn http://www.yilgarn.wa.gov.au/ yilgarn@yilgarn.wa.gov.au
08-9049 1001
York http://www.york.wa.gov.au/ records@york.wa.gov.au
(08) 9641 2233
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