Living in Sheds

Living in a shed is often seen as a cost‐effective and practical option while building a house or for camping on the weekends. However, it is illegal to occupy a shed or garage for residential purposes unless building and planning permit approvals have been obtained to construct a permanent residence on the site.

Any shed proposed to be used for temporary accommodation would also need to comply with the Building Code requirements for residential buildings.

Residential buildings require a higher standard of construction and significant and costly upgrade works will usually be required. In most cases it is either practical or economical to convert a shed for permanent or temporary accommodation.

If a dwelling is not permitted on the site, Council will not allow a shed to be converted into a dwelling.

It is best to contact the Planning Department on 1300 PYRENEES (1300 797 363) before making any plans to erect or convert a shed as this could save you a lot of money and inconvenience later on.