Are you looking to construct a shed for your property? There are many essential factors that you need to discuss with your contractor when you design custom sheds. The information in this short guide will help you with the basics.

What is the Purpose of the Shed?

One of the things that you should determine is the purpose of the shed. Are you going to use it for storage? Will it be used as a workshop or maybe a garage?

Make sure that you consider this first since it can affect the actual council classification. It would also have implications for the future use of the building.

After determining the purpose or use of the shed, you can request to have the engineering plans so you can lodge it through the council. If you get council approval, then you can proceed with the project. You will usually have to pay a deposit with the contractor before the engineering plans can be released.

What if the council knocks you back? If that happens then, the deposit that you paid will go to the engineer who drew up the plans. However, you can always transfer this deposit to a different shed design for later council approval. This policy ensures that you don’t lose your deposit.

Materials that are Up to Australian Standards

To ensure that the custom sheds you order are up to Australian standards, you can inquire about the material that will be used and the contractor’s accreditations. Your best option, of course, is to have a steel shed for better durability and longevity.

Note that the Australian Steel Institute has its benchmark for steel shed construction. The ones that will be approved by the ASI will usually have a ShedSafe Accreditation. That is something that you should check with the contractor.


You should also inquire with regard to the type of steel that will be used for these sheds. If you’re looking for longevity, then you might want to go for Australian BlueScope steel. Not only is this type of steel quite durable, but it also looks great when the shed is finished.

Building Codes and Council Restrictions

Your contractor should be familiar with the different council restrictions and building codes. This is especially important when you’re deciding on the location and the size of sheds. The design should be site-specific, and it should adhere to the specifications of the Building Code of Australia.

The restrictions will vary depending on which state you live in. In some states, you may be required to get a permit if you’re building a shed that is more than three meters high. You will also be required to get a permit if the shed is attached to another building or if it is within 900 mm of a boundary.

Type of Foundation

The foundation to be used varies depending on the type of sheds to be built. If you are looking for something that is cost-effective and simple, then a crushed rock or gravel base will work quite well. The only downside with this type of foundation is that you should ensure proper drainage.

If you’re looking to build a garden shed, then you can opt for brickies sand or maybe pavers. They’re great foundations for small sheds that won’t carry a lot of weight. This foundation will also prevent the shed from sinking into the ground over time.

Concrete is, of course, the most solid foundation that you can get. However, do take note that it takes longer to lay and is usually more expensive than other options.


After considering all of these options, you can look into shed accessories. Make sure to discuss all of these factors when you talk to your contractor.