On 3 July 2017, the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 will be replaced by the Planning Act 2016, creating a new planning system for Queensland. This means there will be changes in some of your dealings with Council, especially when going through the development application process with Council. Visit the Queensland Government planning reform website for further information on the changes.

From this date, you will also see changes under the ‘Planning & Building’ section of Council’s website. This includes changes to the menu structure, and new content articles. All the existing content will still be available. After 3 July, if you are having any issues finding content within the new structure, please contact Council’s Technical Advice Officers on 131 872.

Sheds, shipping containers & tents

Building or using additional structures around your property can provide space, storage, access and added value to your property. Following the guidelines below will assist you to keep your neighbours happy and allow you to meet all the necessary requirements.

Men building a shed
Building a back-yard shed is usually a fairly straight forward process; in some cases may not require a development approval for building work. Regardless of whether a building approval is required, your shed must comply with all relevant building legislation and codes. Three important areas that you must be aware of are; shed size, location and Building Code of Australia compliance. ...
Shipping container in yard
Shipping containers are considered the same as a shed under the Building Regulations 2006. People commonly purchase or hire shipping containers to use on their land for storage purposes on either a temporary or permanent basis. Regardless of how long the shipping container is to be located onsite, a development approval for building work is required to be issued prior to establishing the container onsite. ...
A tent is considered to be a temporary structure clad in canvas, plastic or similar material, with or without walls, supported by poles or similar supports and fastened to the ground using ropes, pegs or ballast. Requirements for exempt development In order for a tent to be considered as exempt development, it must have a floor area of less than 100m². Requirements for self-assessable development In order for a tent to be considered as ...
A shipping container is considered to be assessable development under the Sustainable Planning Act 2009. Therefore you are required to obtain a development approval for building work (also known as a building approval), from a Building Certifier, prior to establishing the container onsite. ...
A tent means a temporary structure clad in canvas, plastic or similar material, with or without walls, supported by poles or similar supports and fastened to the ground using ropes, pegs or ballast. Requirements for exempt development Erecting a tent is exempt development if the tent's floor area is no more than 100m². Requirements for self-assessable development A tent is considered a self-assessable development (not requiring approval) if: It has a floor area less than 500m2 ...
This form is to be completed by the Applicant and submitted with the Development Application for Building Work. In providing accurate details on the following, the applicant is ensuring timely processing of the application. ...
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