February 27 2015 0Comment

Get the scoop on Planning & Building Permits

If our time in the construction industry has taught us anything, it’s that obtaining a permit for a shed can be a long, drawn-out, confusing process. Especially if it’s the first time you have ever needed to apply for one and you dont really know why you need it anyway! Trust me, if you are in this situation, you are not alone! Many people see the whole matter of applying for a permit as something they quickly stick in the too-hard basket. This doesn’t need to be the case! Here at Steelcorp, we are able to look after the whole permit side of things for you. However, we understand the importance of knowing WHY you need a permit in the first place, so keep reading this post to find out all you need to know about Planning & Building Permits.

Lets talk about the difference between Building Permits and Planning Permits

Building permits relate specifically to the carrying out of building construction – it is written approval from a registered building surveyor. This document shows your approved plans and specifications comply with building regulations, and allows building work to start.

Planning permits are legal documents giving permission for a land use or development, and may be needed by your local council. If a planning permit is required, it must be obtained before a building permit can be issued, however, both applications can be made at the same time.

A planning permit does not remove the need to obtain a building permit.

When is a Building Permit needed?

A Building permit is required for most building work, however some building work is of such a minor nature that the protections and advantages that a building permit can provide are not necessary, or will not be achieved. In these cases, Schedule 8 of the Building Regulations 2006 exempts owners from having to obtain a building or occupancy permit.

As per The Building Act 1993, if construction work is done without a building permit (on jobs that require it) fines can reach up to $500 for an individual and $2500 for a company. Because of this, Steelcorp won’t supply a shed unless we know a permit has been obtained. This covers both you as the customer and us as the supplier.

The Building Permit ensures that the building work when constructed complies with the Act, Regulations, National Construction Code and relevant Australian Standards and the building or structure is suitable to occupy or use.

A handy thing to know is that if the floor area is less than 10m² , a building permit is not usually required. (Tip: this is where Steelcorp’s Rollamax comes in handy), and if your building is constructed closer to the street than your house, if it exceeds 10m² or if it is higher than 2.4 metres, Within 1 metre of a neighbor’s boundary, or 3 metres with a setback of at least 1 metre from a neighbors boundary, it will need a building permit.

See here for more of the technical details about Building Permits in Victoria

When is a Planning Permit needed?

It is difficult to determine when a planning permit will be needed, as it depends on where the building is going to be constructed.

We have come up with a few general instances where Planning Permits may be needed.

If you are building a Farm Shed, 20 metres or less from a main road, OR 5 metres or less from a side boundary, OR within 100 metres of a water course. OR if your building is in a bush-fire or flood overlay, you may need to apply for a planning permit. However, as I said before, every case is different. If you aren’t sure, you can either ask your local council, or if Steelcorp is supplying your shed, we will check it all out to make sure you are totally covered.

We hope this basic info sets your mind at ease as to permits, and what seemed like a huge issue is now minor!

Don’t forget, give us a call on 1300 668 133 or request a quote, to start your Steelcorp Journey today.

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