Shed, Carport, Garage, Patio, Pergola, Open Shade Shelter

A building application is required to construct a Class 10 building (garage, shed, carport or pergola) under the Building Act 1975.

Definition of Class 10 buildings

The Building Code of Australia defines a Class 10 building as a non habitable building being a private garage, carport, shed, carport or pergola or the like. Where a shed is to be used for either commercial or industrial purposes, then it is a different class of building.

Siting Requirements

The Queensland Development Code regulates siting requirements for single detached dwellings and Class 10 type structures.

Siting requirements under the Planning Scheme

A Planning Scheme may have ‘alternative provisions’ which provide boundary setbacks that conflict with the Queensland Development Code. Where such provisions exist, then those provisions override the Queensland Development Code. Check the Rockhampton Region Planning Scheme for any alternative provisions relating to boundary setbacks.

Wind Category Rating

The building work is required to be designed to comply with the wind rating of the property on which the development is to occur (either Non-Cyclonic or Cyclonic). The building plans/documents must confirm the design standard. To confirm the wind rating of your property contact either your nominated RPEQ Engineer, Building Designer or the authority nominated to assess the application.

Documentation required to lodge a Building Application for Class 10 building:


  • DA Form 2
  • If builder is a registered builder, provide QBCC receipt if work value >$3,300
  • If owner-builder project, obtain Owner Builder number if project value is greater than $11,100
  • PLSL receipt details if work value >$80,000.

Floor Plans (min scale 1:100 – 3 sets)

  • Floor plan – full dimensions
  • Elevation and section plans – full dimensions
  • For Shed/Garage/Carport: Design details (either engineer specifications and/or bracing, timber schedule, tiedown details (Note: engineer to provide Form 15)
  • For Pergola: timber schedule and tiedown details. If connected to a building, connection details
  • Floor level of building above adjacent finished ground level.

Site Plan (min scale 1:100 – 3 sets)

  • Full outline of property
  • Location of ALL existing buildings and clearly identify the new building structure
  • North point
  • Road frontages to be identified
  • Distance of all buildings from the boundaries
  • Location of sewer / method of roof stormwater discharge on the site
  • Location of the onsite sewage system disposal area and designated reserve disposal area
  • Details of any site works that must be carried out as part of or for the development.

Other Documentation

  • If timber trusses to be installed, 1 copy of timber truss layout / tiedown (not applicable for a pergola, which is determined to be a non-weatherproof structure).