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Council Approval For Shed Builders: A Step-By-Step Guide

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Council Approval For Shed Builders

Most people looking to build a shed generally are keen to know ‘how’ the process works. One of the most frequently asked questions we get is, “How does council approval for my shed work?”. Let’s address all the questions we get asked regarding shed council approval, then you will be able to move ahead and build your new shed with little fuss.

Typically the general council approval process that applies throughout Australia is the same, however do your due diligence and contact your local council office to confirm the regulations of the ‘specific’ process that may apply in your area.

When Do I Need For Council Approval?

Ultimately the first question we get asked is, “Do I need council approval for my shed?” Council approval is almost always required.

Across Australia different states and city councils have a few exemptions, but they usually always have many conditions. Always check with your local council before moving too far ahead with your design plans.  It might seem like a hassle obtaining council approval before you begin laying your concrete slab or erecting a shed on your property, but it’s always a good idea and here’s why:

One of the most important reasons for obtaining council approval is with the future in mind.  Should you ever wish to sell your property, part of the process for conveyancing is obtaining confirmation from council that all structures have been approved and built in accordance with all regulations. Any purchaser can withdraw from the sale and also get back any deposit paid if they haven’t got the proper approvals.

7-Steps to Shed Council Approval

This is the process we at Superior Garages & Industrials recommend for obtaining council approval for your shed without much hassle:

  1. Preliminary Design: Get a preliminary shed design drawn up.
  2. Preliminary Discussion: Once you’re satisfied with your designs, contact your local city council to start your preliminary discussions.
  3. Preliminary Feedback: Your local council may give you some feedback which might affect your initial designs and could require a few modifications to your design– or they could just indicate your designs are completely compliant (woohoo!).
  4. Preliminary Refinements: Ensure that all the required changes required are added to your preliminary design.
  5. Formal Application: Submit your design plans into your local council as part of a formal application. If you’ve efficiently done your homework, obtaining approval should usually be straightforward.
  6. Final Refinements: If it turns out that your local council gives you further requests for changes, tweak your design and revert back to council – however if you’ve followed steps 1 to 4, you shouldn’t have much to do here.

Custom Designed Steel Sheds

SGI has successfully delivered a wide variety of residential projects, working closely with owner-builders, builders, and architects who realise the benefits of using prefabricated building systems to suit specialised shed designs.

Building a Steel Shed Has Many Benefits…

  • Strength
  • Design freedom for your shed project
  • Building your shed is fast, efficient, and resourceful
  • Space creation
  • Aesthetically pleasing and functional
  • Endlessly recyclable


Factory fabrication enables specific tolerances, increased speed of construction, and reduced waste. Additionally, Work Place Health & Safety risk is reduced whilst weather and other variables have less of an impact on the overall shed building process.

Looking for A Custom-Designed Shed on the Sunshine Coast?

SGI has been building steel sheds, commercial and industrial buildings, garages, and carports on the Sunshine Coast for more than 30 years. We are proud of the fact that a large percentage of our new projects are referred to us by our previous clients, or are previous clients returning for a new product.

We stand by the fact that to produce a quality building of any shape or size, quality is essential in 3 main areas…

  • Structural design and integrity (specialised in-house engineering)
  • Quality of all building materials (genuine Australian steel and Colorbond)
  • Construction workmanship (professional builders and contractors)


Our in-house shed design and engineering services allow for creative, functional, and cost effective solutions. For more info, contact our team today.