Permit Process

Obtaining permits can sometimes be a daunting and time consuming process. Melbourne Garages stand out from other shed builders and distributors by offering you assistance for most permit applications required for your Class 10a project.  In most cases, this can reduce the need for clients to go to various different agents which can attract substantial additional costs.


For your project you may need some or all of the following approvals:

  • Build Over Easement Permit
  • Council Report & Consent to allow for dispensation
  • Flood overlay approval
  • Planning Permit
  • Building Permit 


There is much more to getting a shed installed than you may think. The shed is the easy part most of the time! Before a shed can be constructed or even designed, we need to understand the site and design the building accordingly. There may be covenants, overlays or environmental aspects to adhere to, all of which can affect the design or location of the proposed building.

Below are some of the guidelines you may need to consider for your project.








The permit process – in more detail

  • Planning permits
    Some properties have ‘overlays’ on them that have restrictions on builds or general requirements you must meet. Where these conditions cannot be met, an application for a Planning Permit may be required. We liaise directly with the local council during this process to ensure the best possible outcome.
    Where a planning permit is required – this can take an average of four to six months with council.
  • Building permits
    A building permit is required for all projects which are over 10 square meters and in some cases, they might be required regardless of size. A building permit is completed by an independent building surveyor who looks at the project as a whole. They are responsible for ensuring buildings are designed and constructed to comply with building regulations. With your building permit, you receive two inspections to ensure the structure is safe and is being constructed compliantly.
  • Build Over Easement
    Building over an easement is possible depending on the structure, what is located in the easement and footing requirements. Most times two approvals are required, one from local council and one from your local water authority. We can undertake both applications required for this process.
  • Council report & consent to vary standard siting requirements
    There are a number of factors that attract the need for a report and consent – this can be building height, height on boundary, minimum street setback, and so forth.
  • Consent to build on flood prone land
    Some properties fall under the ‘Flood prone land’ overlay or have ‘Land subject to inundation’ overlays on the property. The Melbourne Garages team in most cases, can assist with taking levels for this application or can otherwise recommend contacts where required. It is important to note that even properties located on a sloping block may still be subject to ‘Flood prone land’.
  • VicSmart Applications
    In some circumstances – a VicSmart Application may be possible for your project to save time through the Planning Permit process. It is important to note that only a select few projects may be possible for this option.

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