The good news is not all sheds require council approval, however each council has different regulations which will also depend on your property zoning. Sheds are defined as non-inhabitable structures, so you can't move Gran in there.
We recommend that you ring up your local council to make sure you are within regulations.
You are not required to get council approval if you meet some minimum general guidelines such as:
- Council regulations vary, so please check if you are unsure.
- Sheds 10 square meters or less don't need council approval.
- In Rural zoning 50 square meters doesn't need council approval.
- Your shed needs to be lower than 2.4 meters.
- Shed is positioned more than 900mm from adjoining properties
- In heritage conservation area's your shed must be constructed at the back of the property.
- Melbourne: https://www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/Pages/home.aspx
- Brisbane: https://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/planning-building/do-i-need-approval/residential-projects/structures/building-shed
- Gold Coast: http://www.goldcoast.qld.gov.au/planning-and-building/sheds-30312.html
- Adelaide: https://www.cityofadelaide.com.au/planning-development/building-renovating/
- Perth: http://www.perth.wa.gov.au/
- Hobart: http://www.hobartcity.com.au/