In its most basic terms, a Building Permit is going to a Shire and asking, “I have signed Engineering Drawings, can I build the proposed shed?”
It is very important that you do not start any works for the project until you get your Building Permit. Doing so could potentially mean that you will end up out-of-pocket with money spent on services, (i.e. earthworks or concrete), for a Building Permit that has been rejected.
Always check with your Shire about what you can or can’t build on your property. A Shire will allow you to build if they are satisfied with the dimensions and location of the proposed shed. If your shed does not meet that criteria, (which can be different across Shires), then you will need to submit for a Planning / Development Approval. Please see our Planning Approval Guide.
A lot of the Perth region is designated as a Bushfire Zone. If your property is within, or even partially, within this designation, then you may need to get a BAL (Bushfire Attack Level) Assessment. This would need to be handed in with your Building Application. Depending on the rating you are assigned, it could add little or significant cost to your shed to make it compliant. If possible, it is good to know ahead of time when you are budgeting for the project what your BAL rating would be.
As a general rule, if your shed is located 6m or more from your house, or any other habitable structure, then it is exempt from bushfire-proofing. Always check with your Shire. You can also look up your property on this DFES map to see if it falls inside a Bushfire Zone: Map of Bushfire Prone Areas
How does this process relate to my quote with Roys Sheds? If you have decided to sign on with a Roys Sheds, we can offer:
Hand these in, along with any other required documents the shire requests and pay the fee. Once the Building Permit is assigned, you may begin works.
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