“Building a shed may seem like a straightforward task but you must be aware of the rules with regard to this type of building and comply with them”. – Building Commission

If you want to construct a shed or Garage some of the things you need to be aware of include the responsibilities of and comply with the following as an Owner-Builder:

  1. Most domestic sheds and garages require a building permit;
  2. If a building permit is required and work is more than $5,000 in Victoria or $1,000 in NSW (materials and labour) then you must become an owner-builder or engage a licensed builder;
  3. Overseeing and supervising all tradespeople;
  4. Ordering material and management of the building site;
  5. Obtaining all necessary council and authority approvals;
  6. Ensuring that the financial, taxation and insurance requirements of the building work are met and fully comply with all laws;
  7. Being aware of your obligations under the Workers Compensation Act 1987 and Occupational Health and Safety Act 2000 and providing a safe work environment that complies with WorkCover requirements;
  8. Ensuring any contractor engaged is appropriately licensed and insured to do the work contracted for and warranting that work;
  9. As owner builder you are restricted to do specialist work such as electrical, plumbing, gasfitting, air-conditioning and refrigeration work (unless you hold a licence for such work);
  10. That you take out public liability insurance policy.

More information on how to become an owner-builder can be found at:
www.fairtrading.nsw.gov.au and www.buildingcommission.com.au