NSW regulations


  1. Planning details below are general in nature and should not be relied upon for decision-making.
  2. Each land allotment is unique, and may be subject to local government protocols, and planning or environmental overlays/considerations.
  3. Customers should check planning information relevant to their site with the relevant local and/or state authorities before proceeding.

Reference Links

NSW Planning Portal

NSW Fair Trading
Fact Sheet (structures under Subdivision 9)
Cabanas, cubby houses, ferneries, garden sheds, gazebos and greenhouses.

NSW Legislation
State Environmental Planning Policy
(Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008, part 2

Exempt Structures

Generally exempt structures in NSW are subject to the following guidelines, however please check the links above for full details:

Urban Areas:

  • Non-habitable use only
  • No higher than 3 metres in overall height
  • Not more than 20sqm in area for Cabanas (enclosed)
  • Not more than 25sqm in area for gazebos (land 300sqm or less)
    or 15% of the ground floor area on lot (greater than 300sqm)
  • At least 900mm from nearest boundary fence

Rural Areas:

  • Non-habitable use only
  • No higher than 3 metres in overall height
  • Not more than 50sqm in area for Cabanas (enclosed)
  • Not more than 25sqm in area for Gazebos (land 300sqm or less)
    or 15% of the ground floor area on lot (greater than 300sqm)
  • At least 5m from nearest boundary fence

Permit Information

For structures requiring a permit, we will provide the following details for a quoted fee:

  • Site Analysis either in person or using remote mapping resources
  • Site Plan
  • Engineered Product Drawings to Class 10 specification
  • Provide builder and/or insurance details to council/certifier

The customer will engage local council/certifier to complete the process and issue the permit.
Once the permit has been approved, we will formalise documentation and order your product from our suppliers.

Contractor Information

Small Works ($5,000 to $20,000)

Entity: ALG NSW Pty Ltd
ABN: 47 631 999 712
Contractor Licence: 379942C

Works over $20,000

ALG NSW Pty Ltd acts as an agent for:
Builder: Paul Lawrence
Contractor Licence: 122459C

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