Shed size regulations may change to reduce red tape

CHANGES to the regulation of shed sizing may soon be made if a new Amenity and Aesthetics Policy is introduced by the Bundaberg Regional Council at an Ordinary Meeting next week.

The council's Planning and Development spokesman Ross Sommerfeld said the policy would provide for consistent regulation of class 10a buildings (domestic sheds, garages and carports) across the region, replacing existing controls included in the planning instruments and policies for the former Bundaberg City, Burnett Shire, Isis Shire and Kolan Shire.

"Existing controls included in council's current planning instruments and policies often trigger the need for an application for class 10a buildings greater than 60sq m in area, or where the total floor area of class 10a buildings on a residential property is more than 60sq m," Cr Sommerfeld said.

"While you will still need the usual building approval from a private building certifier, council approval will now only be required where the total floor area of class 10a buildings is more than 90sq m on a residential property, or more than 1532sq m on a rural residential property."

The size changes have been based on a review of previous decisions made by council, as well as consultation with certifiers, shed companies and the community.

"The new size triggers balance the desire to reduce 'red tape' while ensuring that such development does not adversely impact on the amenity or character of the area, including the residential amenity of surrounding neighbours," Cr Sommerfeld said.

The Amenity and Aesthetics Policy, if approve would not apply to commercial or industrial sheds, or farm sheds. But there are controls for commercial and industrial development.

A decision on the proposal will be made at an Ordinary Meeting of council next week.
 



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