Laws related to sheds in New South Wales:

Finding the relevant laws about sheds in NSW can be a bit tricky, but I can help you out! Here are two main sources of information:

1. State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP) – Exempt Development:

  • This policy outlines specific criteria for “exempt development,” which essentially means you don’t need council approval for certain low-impact building projects. Most garden sheds in NSW fall under this category if they meet the following requirements:
    • Size: Up to 20m² in residential zones, 50m² in rural zones (RU1-RU5).
    • Height: No taller than 3 meters above ground level.
    • Location: At least 900mm away from any boundary and any easements.
    • Number of structures: Only two exempt structures per property.
    • Other considerations: Not built in a heritage item, no roofwater issues, doesn’t interfere with access or fire safety of another building, not made from a shipping container in fire-prone areas.

You can find the full SEPP – Exempt Development document here:

2. Your Local Council Website:

  • Each council in NSW has its own specific regulations and building codes that may have additional requirements for sheds. These are often summarized in dedicated sections on their websites, like “Building and Development” or “Planning and Environment.” Look for information about “garden sheds,” “exempt developments,” or “building approvals.”

Here are some helpful resources:

Additional Tips:

  • If you’re unsure whether your shed needs council approval or not, it’s always best to contact your local council directly. They can answer your specific questions based on your property and desired shed size and features.
  • Some online shed retailers also offer helpful information about regulations in different states. However, it’s important to double-check with your local council for the most accurate and up-to-date information.