The laws governing sheds in Western Australia (WA) are primarily found in two documents:
- The Building Code of Australia (BCA): This national code sets out minimum standards for the design and construction of all buildings, including sheds. The specific requirements for sheds will vary depending on the size and complexity of the structure. Opens in a new windowwww.commerce.wa.gov.auBuilding Code of Australia (BCA) Western Australia
- The Planning and Development Act 2005 (WA): This Act gives local governments the power to control the development of land within their boundaries. This includes the power to set requirements for the siting and construction of sheds.
In addition to these two main documents, there are a number of other resources that you may find helpful, such as:
- The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS): The DMIRS is responsible for enforcing the BCA in WA. Their website has a number of resources about building requirements, including a fact sheet on outbuildings (which includes sheds) .catalogue.data.wa.gov.au Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) Western Australia
- Your local government: Your local government’s website will have information about their specific requirements for sheds. You can usually find this information in the “planning” or “building” section of the website.
Here are some specific things to keep in mind when looking for information about shed laws in WA:
- The size of your shed: If your shed is less than 10 square metres and meets certain other criteria, you may not need to get a building permit.
- The location of your shed: There are restrictions on where you can place a shed, such as setbacks from the front and side boundaries of your property.
- The use of your shed: If you are going to use your shed for commercial purposes, you will need to get a building permit, regardless of its size.