Rural & Farm Shed Permits

When beginning to plan a new shed on your rural property, you may begin to wonder “Do I need a permit for a farm shed?”. The answer is, Maybe. Whether or not you need to acquire a building permit or approval from your local council can be a very tricky area to navigate as many local government areas have their own set of regulations, and some even have some surprising rules.

There are many situations where approval is not required and not all Farm Sheds need a permit, depending on a number of factors. This is something to consider, especially when it comes to rural and farm sheds. Smaller domestic sheds are often exempt from permits, however as rural sheds tend to be large, you may have to think about what approvals may be needed.

Do I Need a Permit for a Farm Shed?

You may or may not need a permit to construct a farm shed, it depends on several factors. As each council have their own set of rules, and you should become aware of them before beginning construction on your new shed by contacting them directly. 

In general terms a building permit is required for any building of sheds larger than 10sqm, however the Building Regulations allows for exemptions for some building works without the requirement for a Building Permit to be obtained prior to construction.

To determine whether a building permit is required you must seek advice from the relevant local government permit authority or speak to your local Shed Supplier.

In WA there are some general rules and size regulations that apply to sheds which determine whether you will need approval to construct a rural shed or not. You should be aware that these may not be the only rules that you may need to follow.

In general, you will not need a permit if your shed complies with the following:

  • The floor area is 10 metres squared or less
  • The roof height is no more than 2.4 metres
  • The shed is located behind the property’s front setback line
  • The floor of the shed is no more than 500mm above ground level
  • The shed is structurally sound and able to withstand windy conditions.
    The shed does not interfere with traffic sight lines
  • The shed will have appropriate drainage systems

Are there any specific regulations for a Planning Permit for a Farm shed?

Again, this can differ from state to state and region to region, however, some of the things you may need to consider when applying for a planning permit for your farm shed are:

  • Required distance from a local council road
  • Required distance from a main road (Highway)
  • Required distance from a property boundary
  • Required distance from a dwelling in a different ownership
  • Required distance away from a waterway

Planning permits are typically slow to be received back and can often take up to 3 months to be processed.

What Shire Approvals Are Needed to Build a Farm Shed?

If you do need a building permit for your farm shed, this process may vary between councils; however, generally you will need to submit an application for a building permit. Applications may be able to be submitted electronically, or alternatively, a hard copy submitted directly to your local council. You will probably need the following supporting documentation:

  • A floor plan of the shed
  • A site plan
  • Construction details with materials to be used
  • Connection details to existing structures
  • The method of anchorage (floor details)
  • A copy of a Certificate of Design Compliance from your building surveying contractor

Navigating the rules and regulations of building a new farm shed can be a tricky business, believe us, we know! That’s why we know how valuable it can be to have someone experienced that can help you to avoid the headache and any delays once you decide to move forward with your shed.

At Spinifex Sheds, we don’t just give you the materials and send you on your way, we believe in delivering a quality end product to you, which means helping you through the whole process, including design, approvals, construction, project management and even the cleanup.

No matter whether you are just confused on where to start or you if you just don’t have the time to deal with getting the correct approval for your farm shed, we can help. In fact, it’s where we excel. Give us a call to speak directly to one of our friendly team today and get started on your next project.