Many NSW residents are taking advantage of NSW legislation that allows for minor building works to be carried out without planning or building approval. This includes 'garden sheds' that are non-habitable and are not to be occupied frequently or for extended periods, and 'caravans' that are habitable but can only be lived in by members of the household.
Some minor building renovations or works don’t need any planning or building approval. This is called exempt development. Exempt development is very low impact development that can be done for certain residential, commercial and industrial properties.
As long as the proposed works meet all of the development standards (identified in the State Policy for exempt and complying development), approval may not be needed.
The construction or installation of a cabana, cubby house, garden shed or gazebo is development specified for this code if it is not constructed or installed on or in a heritage item or a draft heritage item, on land in a foreshore area or in an environmentally sensitive area.
The standards specified for that development are that the development must:
There must not be more than 2 developments per lot.
habitable room has the same meaning as in the Building Code of Australia.
The term is defined as a room used for normal domestic activities, other than a bathroom, laundry, toilet, pantry, walk in wardrobe, hallway, lobby, clothes drying room or other space of a specialised nature that is not occupied frequently or for extended periods.
If you occupy your garden shed frequently or for extended periods, a council officer may consider your development to be habitable. It would then NOT be considered to be a garden shed and you may have to submit a development application. This can cost you time and money and there's no guarantee it'll be approved. We do not support customers in attempting to get subsequent approval of our products. If you need a habitable space, consider our tiny home caravan products.
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