Everything You Need To Know About Sheds and Building Approvals

Are you looking to build a shed?


You’ve come to the right place. Queensland is renowned for its incredible natural beauty. With stunning beaches, islands, and breathtaking views, it’s no surprise the state gets so many visitors. Less surprising yet are those of you who have decided to make Queensland your home, and as any Queenslander would know, no home is complete without a shed.


Getting approval for your shed can be a frustrating and confusing process. Thankfully our certifiers are ready to help!


You can reach our helpful team at 1300 163 814 or complete the contact form on this page for a quote and free advice on your project.


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    Ryan and the team at Rapid were super-fast getting my building approval back. I rang them in the morning and was able to start building my shed, the next day. Significantly cheaper than other certifiers in the area also. Highly recommend.

    Joshua Collins

    Super professional and quick. Every time I contacted Ryan, he was available and, his responses were quick and easy to understand. Made the process run smoothly, without any guessing.

    Eleanor Gallagher

    We used Ryan for the building approval for our new patio. He provided great customer service and we had the building approval super quick (next business day!), so we could get started with the build.

    James McPeake

    It's so nice to work with a local company who knows their stuff. Thanks again for the old school customer service Rapid Building Approvals.

    Sarah Quinn

    I made the switch to Rapid Building Approvals and Ryan Bird for our projects, last year. He has been an absolute pleasure to deal with. I have never experienced such prompt approval and have never looked back. I have had great feedback from clients about their services and I would highly recommend them to anyone who needs certification or advice. 10/10

    Lysa Thompson

    We engaged Ryan for a patio extension. Very happy with the fast turnaround on the building approval and his extensive knowledge.

    Heidi McPeake

    My father rang 3 companies locally here in Townsville, to enquire about building a granny flat at his property. We have not yet engaged Rapid Building Approvals formally for our project, but Ryan spent over 20 minutes on the phone to my dad, explaining the process, costs and any potential difficulties that may arise. Other companies just asked us to send plans for us to quote and didn't seem very interested. I thought this alone was worth a review, as it's not very often great customer service like this is found.

    Lisa Sutherland

    If you want a one stop certification company with great knowledge and great service, then I recommend Rapid Building Approvals.

    Robert P

    We have used many certifiers over our 15 years in the industry, Ryan and Scott at Rapid Approvals stand out above the rest. They have excellent knowledge, are very reactive to any questions or concerns we might have and are always willing to go the extra mile! Highly recommend to anyone looking for hassle free quick certification, on any residential building project.

    Luke Jager

    Fantastic team to deal with. Extremely knowledgeable and super quick. The name says it all ... Rapid!

    Lisa Sutherland

    Rapid Building Approvals are a great team! Ryan is very knowledgeable and always has the answer. Highly recommend.

    Rachel Hutchinson

    My husband and I are in the design and building industry in Cairns. We highly value Ryan and the teams extensive expertise and most of all, they are reliable. We 100% recommend him and his team!

    Liam Gilligan Builders

    Great service with fast delivery. Highly knowledgeable team and easy to work with!

    Harrison Teo

    Does my shed need approval?

    The Queensland Building Regulations allow sheds under 10m² to be built without building approval, however this concession only applies in non-cyclonic areas. Most of the regions we serve, such as Cairns, Townsville, Mackay, and the Whitsundays, are classified as cyclonic regions and therefore your shed will need building approval. If you’re unsure whether this applies to you, feel free to contact our helpful team, we will gladly answer your questions.


    The Building Act goes on to require that all regulated building work has building approval prior to construction commencing.


    Occasionally your project will not only require building approval but may need development approval too. Should that be the case, our team can help you organise your planning approval and ensure that your shed meets the requirements of the local Planning Scheme, the Queensland Development Code and any additional requirements or regulations.

    Do I need to submit a building application for a kit shed?

    Yes, prefabricated sheds and other similar steel buildings must have building approval prior to construction. Even sheds marketed as cyclonic sheds can pose a serious risk to you and your family if things aren’t done properly.

    What if I've already built my shed?

    If you’ve built or begun the construction of your shed already, it is crucial that you stop and consult with us. Failure to gain building approval can result in expensive mistakes going unnoticed. These mistakes could see you paying large fines, delays when trying to sell a property, or even the demolition of your shed.


    Retrospective building approvals can be more complicated though, so please contact us today for free, and receive advice that’s unique and tailored to your situation.

    How will Rapid Building Approvals get my shed approved?

    Not all building projects are the same. Our certifiers lean on their local knowledge to assess your projects and provide you with the guidance you need.


    We’ve fostered strong relationships with local councils throughout Queensland. These relationships, alongside our extensive knowledge of the legislation and its requirements, means your project is in good hands with Rapid Building Approvals.


    We’ll work with you or your builder to ensure your plans meet specific regulations relating to the location, structure, and design of your shed.


    Then, our team will ensure that your shed is built in line with those plans, and carry out important inspections where needed. 

    Why should you choose Rapid Building Approvals?

    Rapid Building Approvals is the fastest and most affordable way to get building approval for your shed. Our building certifiers work closely with the regional council to get the necessary approvals for your project.


    We specialise in residential building approvals. This means we’re able to get the building approval for your shed quickly and without hassle. Our reputation has been built on delivering fast, reliable and efficient services to homeowners and construction industry professionals across QLD. We offer an unbeatable turnaround time for quotes and building approval, just 24 hours each. As such we have established ourselves as a reliable and affordable company that can be trusted with any project at all heights or sizes.


    It’s because of all this that Rapid Building Approvals is an award-winning firm. Our focus on fast results and amazing customer service has earned recognition in the building industry across Queensland and an award from the Australian Institute of Building Surveyors.

    With the certifiers at Rapid Building Approvals, you can be assured of a hassle-free experience. We’re more than just a building certification company – we are your partner throughout the entire process.


    We have been helping homeowners across Queensland for years with their building approvals – but we also service other industry professionals such as developers or new home builders. So, no matter where you are, if you need your shed approved Rapid Building Approvals has you covered.


    Our staff are committed to providing the best customer service at all times – this means they can answer any question that you might have about your project, or offer solutions to problems you’re facing.


    It’s no secret that our building certifiers are some of the best in the industry. They’re reliable, efficient, innovative and dedicated to ensuring your needs are met at all times!


    Experience the Rapid difference and call our building certifiers at 1300 163 814 or fill out our contact form here.

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