Building applications for shed, garage, carport, deck and patio (non-habitable structures)

To help you with your building application for a non-habitable building or structure (as defined below), we have provided the following information which includes the step by step process.

What is a Class 10 non-habitable building or structure?

Section A3.2 (Classifications) of the Building Code of Australia defines a Class 10 as follows:

  • Class 10A – a non-habitable building being a private garage, carport, shed or the like: decks, pergolas, shipping containers or
  • Class 10B – a structure being a fence, mast, antenna, retaining wall or free standing wall, swimming pool (see separate application information), or similar.

Minor buildings such as lawn lockers and pergolas (unroofed) must comply with the Building Regulation 2006, the Building Code of Australia and the adopted amenity and aesthetics resolution. These buildings are self-assessable.

We encourage the use of rainwater tanks in conjunction with these applications.

Applications that are missing information may experience processing delays.​​

Process for sheds and garages applications

Step 1 - Comply with the adopted amenity and aesthetics resolution

Council, as a concurrence agency, will determine the suitability of the proposed structure and where necessary provide reasonable and relevant conditions with regard to the amenity and aesthetics provisions identified below:

Taken from the Amenity and aesthetics resolution 12 June 2013 section 4(d) Table 3 - Assessment criteria.

Performance Criteria

Class 10 (Garages, Carports, Sheds and other structures)

PC5 Buildings or structures are of a size, bulk and form that is in keeping with the character of the area.

PC6 The location of the building or structure provides for an acceptable streetscape and does not adversely impact upon the amenity of neighbouring properties.

PC7 Buildings or structures are designed and sited to visually integrate with the dwelling house and avoid dominating the street by minimising the: (i) Width of the structure; and (ii) Projection of the structure forward of the main face of the dwelling house.

Railway carriages, shipping containers and the like

PC8 Railway carriages, shipping containers and the like do not detract from the visual character of the area and are sited behind an existing dwelling house on the land.

Step 2 - Determine if a plumbing application is required

Not all plumbing works will require approval from Council. 

Your licenced plumber or building certifier can help you determine if the work is notifiable or compliance assessable.

Step 3 - Complete the checklist

Complete the Class 10 Structures checklist to ensure you have met all the requirements for Council to process your application. A detailed explanation of requirements follows the checklist.

Your plans must contain the following:

  • Appropriately scaled and dimensioned drawings comprising floor plans, elevations and sections of the proposed building are required and should include the following:
    • details of the use, floor areas and facilities
    • the overall height in relation to the natural ground level
    • the height of the floor/s above the proposed ground level.
  • the name of the person responsible for the documents with registration/licence number (where applicable) shown on every sheet.
  • show compliance with the Building Code of Australia, AS1684.2 and the Building Regulation 2006.
  • include a structural member schedule, window schedule, bracing plan, tie down details, member sizes and elevations showing levels.
    • bracing details must include location, type and method of fixing all bracing walls and sub floor bracing.
    • tie down details must include location, type and method of fixing of all tie down members.  Also showing a continuous means of tie down from the footings through to the roof battens.
    • the window schedule must indicate the type and sizes of all windows

The site plan must be drawn to a suitable scale and show:

  • the scale, indicating the north point
  • the allotment boundary dimensions
  • proposed setbacks to the building from boundaries and any easements
  • existing structures and appropriate uses
  • easements on the property
  • service locations eg sewer, water and septic tanks and soakage trenches
  • the method of stormwater disposal (including location and size of all rainwater tanks and the location and size of all down pipes and pipes leading to the tank/s)
  • the extent of any earthworks - any cut and fill operations
  • the type of retaining structure or slope protection required with levels and heights nominated
  • any means of site drainage
  • floor level in relation to proposed finished ground levels adjacent to the building

Step 4 - Complete the Development Assessment (DA) Forms

These are State Government forms and not all questions will be applicable to your application.

Step 5 - Submit your application

You can submit your application to Council:

  • in person at

Planning and Development
29 Channon Street
Gympie,  Qld 4570

  • by post to (please include a cheque for the applicable fees)

Gympie Regional Council
PO Box 155
Gympie,  Qld  4570

Step 6 - Approval and inspections

Once building approval has been granted a development application decision notice and approved plans will be sent to you.

The permit number can be located at the top of the approval and is needed to book any inspections. Details of the required inspections are contained in the decision notice conditions.

Inspections can be booked via email on b& or by phoning (07) 5481 0400.

Please allow for 24 hours notice for all inspections and an 1 hour variation to the requested time for an inspection.

Step 7 - Approval and inspections

The final inspection checks on any previous outstanding items and the collection of certificates such as termite protection, wet area membrane installation, glazing, and certification of engineer designed elements such as roof trusses.

This information can be found in your Development Permit Decision Notice. The final inspection will cover aspects such as:

  • the control and discharge of stormwater
  • the height of the floor above ground
  • support of any earthworks necessary to protect the building and other property
  • protection against water penetration
  • fire safety issues such as smoke alarms
  • room ventilation
  • vermin proofing
  • sub-floor ventilation
  • termite protection and re-treatment notice
  • stairs, handrails and balustrades
  • swimming pool fencing.