Sunshine Coast Council rules for sheds

Sunshine Coast Council rules for sheds

Dealing with the Sunshine Coast Local Council can be a headache of a task for the unfamiliar. At Superior Garages and Industrials (SGI) we are experts with the ins & outs of the Sunshine Coast council & Queensland Building and Construction Commission.

According to the Sunshine Coast Councils website regarding sheds, if you sunshine coast shed meets the following conditions, then it does not require prior council approval.

On the Sunshine Coast Councils website concerning sheds, they list the following as sheds that don’t require prior council approval

  • no more than 10m² in area after building work is completed (e.g. 3.1m x 3.2m)
  • no more than 2.4m high
  • a mean height of no more than 2.1m
  • no longer than 5m along any side

That’s pretty restrictive if you’re thinking about building a commercial steel shed on the Sunshine Coast

Also, don’t think you can knock up your carport & garages without prior approval from Sunshine Coast Council & QBCC. As carports & garages come under Class 10a buildings and require approval as well. But the red tape doesn’t stop there, if you’re building any sort of commercial shed or even a serious man-shed, you will also need approval from the QBCC. This is mostly an issue if you desire plumbing in your shed.

If you are still trying to work out where your shed, shed home or commercial steel shed, places in the classification of buildings & structures we have provided a  table below, briefing the Building Code of Australia 1996

Classes of buildings

Class 1 –       Class 1A: a single dwelling being a detached house or one or more attached dwelling

–       Class 1B: boarding house or hostel not exceeding 300m2 and not more than 12 people reside.

Which is not located above or below another dwelling or another class of building other than a private garages

Class 2 A building containing 2 or more sole occupancy units each being a separate dwelling.
Class 3 A resident building, other than a Class 1 or 2, which is common place of long term or transient living
for a number of unrelated persons.
Class 4 A dwelling in a building that is Class 5, 6, 7, 8 or 9 if it is the only dwelling in the building.
Class 5 An office building used for professional or commercial purposes, excluding buildings of Class 6, 7, 8 or 9.
Class 6 A shop or other building for the sale of goods by retail or the supply of services direct to the public.
Class 7 A building which is a carpark or for storage, or display of goods or produce for sale by wholesale.
Class 8 A laboratory, or a building in which a handicraft or process for the production, assembling, altering, repairing, packing, finishing, or cleaning of goods or produce is carried on for trade, sale or gain.
Class 9 A building of a public nature.

–       Class 9A: A health care building

–       Class 9B: An assembly building in a primary or secondary school, but excluding any other parts
of the building that are of another class

Class 10 A non habitable building or structure

–       Class 10A:  A private garage, carport, shed or the like

–       A structure being a fence, mast, antenna, retaining or free standing wall, swimming pool or the like.



If you are interested in building a shed home on the Sunshine Coast or south east Queensland region please contact us or visit our pages below for further information on shed home and the custom shed home design process we go with through with you to create your dream steel shed home.


If you need help with complying with the Sunshine Coast Councils rules and regulations, please get in touch with us.