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Building Permits

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Shed Permit Requirements Guide

Do I need a permit for a shed in Victoria?

As required with any building structure, constructing a shed or garage may also require a permit. Shed or garage permit requirements vary according to location. Shed permits are necessary if the structure applies to any of the following:

  • More than 2.4m in height, or

  • Larger than 10m2 in area, or

  • Closer than 1m to a boundary, or

  • Attached to another building or structure

Do you need a permit to build a shed in your backyard?

For many regions, a building permit is required for outdoor structures that exceed a certain height. It is important to enquire about your local region’s criteria for obtaining a building permit for a shed. In most regions, installing a 6x8 or 8x8 shed will meet most building code requirements.

Other things to note when constructing a shed or garage:

  • Domestic sheds and garages in Victoria will often require a building permit. A registered building practitioner is required if the construction of the shed requires a building permit, includes supply and installation, is of a higher cost than $10,000, and you are not an owner-builder.

  • Domestic building insurance is required if the cost of work, materials and labour exceeds $16,000.

  • For work costing over $10,000, a major domestic building contract must be logged with the registered building practitioner. 

  • Any installation of flashings, roof sheeting, guttering and other regulated plumbing work on a shed must be done through a registered or licensed plumbing practitioner.


Want to know exactly how much your permit will cost? – Request a quote today

Please submit your contact details and specifics of your project to receive a response from one of our staff. For most quotes, please allow up to 24 hours for a response. Larger projects are typically processed within 48 hours.

If you have not received a response within that time, please do not hesitate to contact us again!