How to get council approval for your shed plans

So you want to build a shed? There are an array of real benefits of building a shed or a similar structure on your commercial or residential property – more space, better storage capability, and ultimately, if it’s done well, added value to your home or business premises. You do, however, need to follow your local council guidelines and get formal shed council approval to comply with necessary legal requirements and to help avoid any neighbour disputes.

Shed Council Approval

Building a shed or a similar structure of any kind requires more than simply choosing your design and having it built. Shed council approval is essential and requirements will differ between different council localities. There is, however, a general council approval process throughout Australia. This is a great starting point for you, but you will also need to contact your local council to understand specifics for your area and to get the application process underway.

Do I Need Council Approval?

In almost all cases, council approval will be required for your proposed shed. While there may be some exceptions to the rule, these are few and far between so you really need to be certain. Yes, it can be a nuisance, but by getting approval formalised before you even lay your concrete slab, you’re potentially avoiding a world of pain down the track!

What if I don’t bother with shed council approval?” you ask? It may seem tempting, especially if you only want a small shed or carport – but don’t be fooled! Erecting an unapproved shed may result in a legal order to tear it down. Retrospective approval sought after building is virtually impossible to gain, and even if you’re successful, the process can take years and cost you a fortune (literally). In the longer term, if you don’t have council approval for all structures on your property (including sheds, carports, decks, etc), you will have issues with conveyancing when it comes time to sell.

General Tips for Getting Council Approval for Your Shed

  • Have professional plans drawn up for your preliminary shed design (your supplier can usually do this for you).
  • Contact your local council and start the ball rolling on the process. You should receive feedback on your proposal; some design modifications may be required. If so, refine your design. You may simply receive notification that your design complies with local guidelines.

You will need to provide the following information:

  • The type of shed – a sketch (at the very least) showing dimensions
  • The shed’s proposed use/purpose
  • Access to the shed – provide site layout plans including the proposed location of the shed
  • Submit a formal application. You may be advised to tweak your shed design; if so, make necessary alterations and send the application back to council. You’ll need to include plans, engineering documentation, and elevations.

Once you receive approval from the council, you can go ahead and order your shed and begin the installation process.

Some sheds are exempt from council approval – though this varies widely between councils. Even if it turns out you don’t need specific approval for your shed, you need to make sure from the outset and have written notification of the exemption. You’ll also need, regardless of this, to make sure that your shed complies with the relevant local building codes and legislation. This applies to shed size, siting/placement, elevation, zoning, and structure.

Lockyer Sheds – Your Premium Choice

At Lockyer Sheds, we know our business. All our sales staff are fully qualified and accredited as Shed-Safe Accredited salespeople, giving you the peace of mind you need to know that the shed that you are having designed and built by us meets all the expected conditions and compliances. Contact us today by phone or online for a quote and advice, and don’t forget to include details of your geographic location.

Benefits of a custom designed horse stable from Lockyer Sheds

Is a custom designed horse stable a necessity for keeping a horse? All horses need somewhere safe, comfortable, and familiar to rest up, get out of the weather, and enjoy their feed, regardless of whether horse breeding makes up your primary bread and butter, or you keep horses for pleasure.

There are tons of options when it comes to horse stables, and in a wide range of budgets… from a simple kit shed to a custom designed horse stable. The area you have available for erecting your Fair Dinkum horse stable will also require some thought, as you will need the structure to make the best use of the available space, while also possessing all the features you and your horses need.

Regardless of size, a horse stable built to shed safe standards is an investment in you and your horses’ future. The huge range that is available doesn’t make it easy to come to a decision but spending some time on it will ensure your money is well spent.

A horse stable naturally needs to provide ample room for all your animals, while also being strong and sturdy enough to stand up against the sometimes-harsh Australian weather.

There are two main options for purchasing a horse stable:

  1.    You can opt for a kit shed.

This option has a few drawbacks. You may get features you don’t need, or you might miss out on features you need and have to pay through the nose to get them tacked on to the final product. There is never a one-size fits all.

Kit sheds are also not built with site-specific engineering, so a kit horse stable may not be able to stand up to the elements of the area in which it is built.

  1.    Custom Designed Horse Stables

Custom solutions are the best way to go if you want a horse stable that is going to have all the features you need. However not all shed designers are created equal, so you need to go with a shed designer who knows their stuff and has experience in site-specific engineering.  

At Lockyer Sheds, all Fair Dinkum Sheds are Shed Safe accredited. What this means is that every shed is built to the same tough Australian standards explicitly created for sheds. Shed Safe is a third-party accreditation program which gives shed buyers the confidence they need in the engineering and site specification of the steel shed they are going to put up on their property.

Plus, while we’re talking about custom designed horse stables, we may as well mention, that should you already have a shed, we can also modify it to incorporate stabling solutions that will fit onto the existing structure so well, you will think it was part of the original design.  

The Australian Steel Institute is behind the Shed Safe standard, and as they are the pinnacle of the Australian steel industry, you know a Shed Safe shed will be safe, strong, and durable.

To qualify for Shed Safe accreditation, both the manufacturer and the shed seller need to fall in line. In this way, customers of Lockyer Sheds looking for horse stable solutions are guaranteed to be offered a design that is appropriate for the site and is also suitable for the use to which it will be put.

Lockyer Sheds specialise in horse stables that are completely customizable to your exact specifications, So, just tell us what you need, and we’ll come up with a design that your horses will love.

We’ve been building sheds for more than 17 years now so hop onto our website at, or call us up on 07 5466 5858 and let us get started at building you a horse stable you know you can trust.

Building the Right Shed for Your Geographic Location

A lot of shed builders will plonk a shed down in any location without a care in the world about whether the site is right for the type of shed that’s going up. It’s called generic-engineering, and it pays no attention to the terrain, wind region, or shielding and terrain.

Sometimes you might get lucky, and your shiny new shed will stay upright for years.  However, all it might take to have your shed come tumbling down like a house-of-cards would be a good and strong westerly, or a couple of days of heavy rain.

And with all the global warming that’s been going on, we’ve been told to expect more of the occasional stiff breeze from a cyclone or two. Remember cyclone Debbie? She huffed and puffed and blew a few dodgy sheds down. Don’t risk a cyclone destroying your valuable property and use a cyclone rated, Shed Safe accredited design.

Without paying attention to the type of shed and whether it’s right for the geographic location it’s going up on, you’re essentially gambling with your money, and possibly your livelihood. Plus, it’s no fun being on the inside of a shed that’s about to fall down around your ears.

It’s a safe bet that you want your shed to stay upright for a few years yet, and the best way to do that is to use site-specific engineering, a process that happens long before the hammer and nails come out.

In Australia, most local authorities take a very dim view on structures that don’t use site-specific engineering. So, if your shed goes up without it, it’s most likely not going to be up to code.

If you can’t be bothered checking, don’t be too surprised if an official-looking type comes knocking and gives you an order to take the shed down; that’s definitely going to blow the monthly budget.

Wind Regions

Those in the know have divvied up Queensland into a number of wind regions. Outside of these areas the topography and terrain must also be considered to determine the type of structure which can be erected in that area. All Lockyer Sheds are fully compliant with all local codes so we can help you identify the exact type of structure you need and ensure it’s suitable for your area.

Shielding and Terrain

The engineering required for your shed will be determined by the local landscape, the terrain, and the positioning of the building. If the wind is free to blow through, unfettered by trees or surrounding buildings, the structure will need a more highly specified design than the average garage built in the middle of suburbia.


Sheds at the top of a hill cop a lot more wind than a shed that’s nestled away in Frog Hollow. The physical position of the shed will play a lot into the engineering required if it’s to stand a chance at staying upright. If your shed supplier doesn’t know the specific location of where it will be erected, then any quote they provide is a non-starter.

Once you have a design firmly in hand, it will then be certified and cross-checked by one of the specialists at Lockyer Sheds, who all have the necessary qualifications to ensure your next shed is safe, secure, and up to code.

The team at Lockyer Sheds will ensure that every factor about your structure has been considered and that it can withstand whatever the terrain and weather will throw at it for many years.

When you call, throw in the details about the geographic location, and we’ll send you back an accurate quote. And don’t forget, our Fair Dinkum Sheds are all Shed Safe accredited.

Call Lockyer Sheds today, a small family-owned business which knows all there is to know about sheds. After all, we’ve been doing it for over 17 years now, so we should know a thing or two about what makes a good quality shed.

Why you need a Lockyer Shed

Every Aussie should be the proud owner of a shed. Sheds aren’t just a place to store your boat, build your next hot-rod, or to use as a “man-cave” for enjoying an afternoon coldie with your mates; a shed is an essential part of the Australian lifestyle.

You don’t want just any shed though. Sure, those tinny little garden sheds from Bunnings will keep your lawnmower dry, and may even provide a safe place for your tools for a time. Well, at least until the next big storm blows it over the fence – and then it’s your neighbour’s problem. Just make sure you get your tools back.

If you need a shed to make your bread and butter, then it’s even more vital you go for quality and use a team who have what it takes to build you a shed that lasts.

Lockyer Sheds have been building quality sheds for years; we’ve built warehousing sheds, sheds to keep the cows in, office sheds, sheds for cars, backyard sheds that won’t fall over no matter how hard you push, and sheds that stay put when it gets windy.

Have you ever heard of a garaport? Yep, we build those too. If you cross your average garage with your average carport, you get a garaport. There’s a special place in our heart for the garaport, as it offers the best of both worlds.

You get a nice shady place to store your ride, and a secure place to keep your precious tools, bar fridge, or pool table. Some people even use them to keep their caravan out of the weather when they come home to roost for a while. Chuck in a table, chairs, and a barbecue and you’ve got yourself a nice place to hang out with the neighbours.

If you’re after something a little more straightforward and cheaper, we also do standard carports to protect your vehicle from the harsh noon-day sun and occasional hail storm. You have your choice of heritage style dutch gable, or the more economical skillion style carport. Whichever way you go, you get a strong building that won’t break the bank and will last for years.

Whether it’s for business or pleasure, some of us just need a shed where we can get stuff done. If that’s the case, then talk to us about designing a workshop that’s just right for your needs. Every single one of our sheds are built from Australian made Bluescope steel, come with site specific engineering, your choice of cladding, high tensile steel framing 450 grade, and no extra charge for custom sizing.

We aren’t afraid of anything at Lockyer Sheds, so if one of our regular plans doesn’t suit don’t be afraid to shoot us a few specifications so we can knock out a plan for your next shed that will knock your socks off.

We have a range of cladding so you can have whatever finish you like. Go for something different with our horizontal corrugated cladding, or maybe you prefer a more classic look; in which case our M-Panel weatherboard look should be right up your alley. Our talented team of engineers can also build you a shed with eve’s and gable extensions if that’s your thing.

Lockyer Sheds is a highly regarded small family operated business famous for their high-quality sheds and excellent workmanship. They have been building sheds for over 17 years, and have recently expanded their business to more regional areas of Queensland. If you’re passing through Goondiwindi or Warwick, you’ll likely see one of their constructions gracing the horizon.

So, if owning a shed that won’t fall over is a priority, give us a call on 1300 768 393 today.  You can even get a quote online by clicking here.