Your Go-To Guide for Getting a Shed Building Permit in Victoria

When building a shed, you must obtain a building permit before you can start building your shed.


When applying for your building permit you have two options. The first option is to complete the application as an owner-builder or have a registered builder complete the application on your behalf. As the property owner, it is up to you to ensure that all the relevant permits are completed and obtained.

If you choose to complete your permit as an owner-builder, your first step should always be to speak with your local council, as they can advise you on what you need to complete to get your building permit.


Generally, if your shed is less than 3m in height or within 1m of the boundary and less than 2.4m in height, no more the 10m2, associated with a building of a different class, not constructed of masonry, and not located further forward than the front wall of the associated building, a building permit is not required. However, it is necessary that you check the requirements with your local council.


To apply for a building permit, you must do so through a building surveyor, either private or municipal. When submitting your building permit, you will also need to submit other required documents that typically include a site plan and engineering for your shed. Your building surveyor will notify you of the required documents you must submit along with your permit application.


Depending on the property zone and where you wish to place your shed, in addition to a building permit, other permits may be required. Certain areas may have planning overlays that require you to complete a planning permit. If you wish to build your shed over an easement, you must apply to the council and get permission from the local water authority to build in that position. If you intend to build your shed on a vacant lot, you will be required to obtain a report and consent. Several other factors could trigger extra permits and permissions, so speak with your local council first.

If the cost of building your shed is over $16,000, as an owner-builder, you will need to obtain a certificate of consent from the Victorian Building Authority before you can commence work.


As a registered builder, at All Sheds, we can complete the permit process for you. We know that building a shed can be time-consuming and stressful, so to take some of the stress away, we can handle the permit application process for you. We are here to help make your shed-building process less stressful and time-consuming while ensuring your permit is completed on time.


We encourage you to reach out to us via our contact page or give us a call and speak with our amazing team at 1800 673 777.