Question: Am I allowed to live in a shed?
Whether you’re thinking about living in a shed during construction, or you’re considering building a livable shed, there’s a lot you need to consider before you move in. From council regulations to foundation design, here’s what you need to know about building a shed home.
Liveable Sheds: Fast Facts
In essence, you can’t live in any old shed you have on your property. For a shed to be considered liveable by local authorities in Australia, it must be a Class 1a livable dwelling. So, unless you have specifically converted a shed into a home, it is likely to be considered an outbuilding which falls under class 10a and is considered non-habitable under the Building code of Australia.
What is a Class 1a Livable Shed?
Each local council will have specific regulations, but generally speaking, these are some of the major construction standards that must be met:
- The foundation design must meet the criteria of the Building Code of Australia
- Sanitary facilities (shower, basin and toilet) connected to sewerage (or on-site waste management system) are required
- Connection of town water or tank water
- Installation of smoke alarm
- Kitchen sink and cooking facilities
- Space for a washing machine
- Compliance with bushfire and flood regulations
You will need to contact your local council for a full list of applicable construction standards as contained in the Building Code of Australia (BCA), the Environmental Planning & Assessment Act, 1979 and Council’s Development Control Plans (DCP’s).
Livable Sheds Nowra
If you are thinking of transforming a shed into a living space in Nowra or the surrounding Shoalhaven, get in touch with All About Sheds Nowra. We can provide professional advice on development approval, a choice of cabins and granny flats, and information specific to Shoalhaven Council.