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Updated 14 February 2023

Have you ever considered living in your shed while you build your dream home?

It’s a tempting idea, but before you set up camp in your shed, it’s important to understand Queensland’s building laws. While it may seem like a simple solution, turning your shed into a living space is not as straightforward as you might think. It can save you thousands of dollars and a lot of heartache if you lodge an application for a dwelling that just looks like a shed. But if you already have the shed onsite, read on.

 

First things first, if you’re planning to live in your shed, it’s no longer just a shed.

By converting it into a living space, you’re essentially turning it into a house. And with that comes all the requirements that go along with building a house, such as energy efficiency, smoke detection, and more. That means you’ll need to ensure your shed meets all the building standards and regulations set out by the relevant Planning scheme, Building Act, Building Code of Australia and relevant Australian standards.

Fortunately, it is possible to get building approval for converting a shed to a dwelling.

This process will involve ensuring your shed is up to code and that it meets all the requirements for a residential property. This includes everything from ensuring proper insulation to smoke detectors, structural integrity and more. Once your shed meets these requirements, you can get building approval for a dwelling, and you’ll be able to move in.

It’s important to note that living in a shed is not a long-term or lawful solution.

While it may be a suitable option while you build your dream home, it’s not a permanent living situation. You’ll still need to build your house to comply with building codes and regulations in Queensland.

When you’re ready to build your dream home, you can always turn your dwelling that looks like a shed back into a shed (or you may want to keep it as a secondary dwelling). However, you’ll need to ensure that it’s done in compliance with the QBCC’s regulations. This may involve removing certain fixtures, such as the kitchen or bathroom, to ensure it’s no longer considered a dwelling.

Now you know that unfortunately it’s not lawfully possible to live in your shed while you build your house in Queensland and it’s important to comply with building laws and regulations. Turning your existing shed into a living space requires approval for a change of classification to a dwelling and meeting all the requirements that come with it. Once you’re ready to build your dream home, you’ll need to ensure that your dwelling that looks like a shed is returned to a non-dwelling state or complies as a secondary dwelling, following all relevant regulations.

Video Transcript below:

I would like to live in my shed until I’ve built the house that I really want. Well, if you’re living in your shed, it’s not a shed, it’s a house, and with that comes all the requirements for being a house, such as energy efficiency, smoke detection, all the bits that go with the house. We can do it as a building approval for a dwelling, it won’t be a problem and when you’re ready to build the mansion, you can always turn it back into a shed then.

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