I want to use shipping containers

Shipping containers are handy for moving house, building a house or a storage shed. 

There are regulations that govern the use of shipping containers on private land. These come from national and state building regulations and Council’s General Local Law. 

A shipping container to be used as a storage shed, habitable room, dwelling or any other use, will be a classifiable building under the National Construction Code and the Building Regulations 2018 and is subject to a building permit. 

A planning permit may also be required prior to a shipping container arriving at your property depending on your location, the zone of the land, any overlays apply to the land, or the proposed used of the shipping container. 

A Building Surveyor will require, at a minimum, that it be placed on approved foundations and that rainwater can be appropriately drained from its roof in order to issue a building permit. 

Council acknowledges that the use of shipping containers are not always permanent and that they can be a means of temporary storage during the construction of other permitted developments such as a dwelling. 

Under Section 405 - Shipping Containers of Yarriambiack Shire Council’s General Local Law, it states that the owner or occupier of any land must not allow a shipping container, or other similar container, to be placed on any land, or to remain on any land, without a local laws permit. This does not apply where the use is allowed by the Planning Scheme or any Planning Permit issued by the relevant planning authority.

If you have any questions in relation to shipping containers, please get in touch with Council’s Planning and Building Department on 03 5398 0110.