A Way of Getting Around Town Planning Regulations in Australia for Backyard Building
The Building Code of Australia provides for certain structures which fall under what is called the “exempt development provisions”. Simply put, this means that each individual council can specify in their local rules what constitutes “exempt development”. Under councils “exempt development” provisions you are usually allowed to build a “shed” without applying for approvals for a structure under 10m2 and under 2.4m high
If you are required to submit plans to your local council, please get in touch with us about preparing any additional documentation that you may need to lodge plans with council. NOTE: Further information about your site may be required to support your application such as geotechnical soil report, site plan, contour information and possibly other information or consultant reports. Our friendly design team can assist you to complete and assemble additional information or plans specific to your project for minimal extra cost on an hourly rate.
We assume you have made necessary inquiries with the relevant authorities (local Council) regarding any town planning issues in relation to the position/location of your proposed “DomeShed”. If the “DomeShed” structure complies with these regulations you may be permitted to build such a structure WITHOUT needing to apply for a “development application or submit for any further approval.
I Already have a Shed in My Back Yard
If you already have a shed in your back yard you may not qualify to build another one under the “exempt provisions” as you are generally only allowed one shed.
NOT to WORRY – You CAN build a “Studio” – (Subject to Council Approval)
If the above is the case you can most likely get a permit to build a “Studio” which will require you to submit the plans and specification to council for approval. Please get in touch about assisting you with council documentation.
I Want to Build in The Front Yard
In this case you will almost certainly be required to obtain Council Approval for a “Studio”
The above is relevant to building a dome using our fully engineered GRC/Polyurethane foam system and also to the ‘DreamDome’ FRP system.
In respect of the Bamboo dome system we do not have a clear answer at this time. The system is being introduced to the Australian Building scene and although there is a raft of engineering data for bamboo reinforced concrete and also ferro cement shell structures, there is no standard yet in Australia.