Whether it’s your backyard workshop, home-office or granny flat, shipping containers are more than their name
suggests. Council embraces the many uses of shipping containers but regulates their placement, so they don’t create unsightly features or create safety hazards. Find out about the type of approval you need and how to apply for one, before placing a shipping container on your property.
You may place a shipping container on your property or construction site as a
short-term solution for storage when moving house or building.
In this case, you’ll need a temporary/ construction local law approval.
An approval is required under the authorising local law for the placement of a shipping container in each of the following circumstances:
The shipping container is:
Any local law permit granted for a period of more than 30 days will also require you to obtain a building development approval for a temporary structure. A licensed private certifier is the best person to get the process started. Find one via the QBCC website and ask for a building works application. The certifier will launch the application and get approval from council on your behalf.
If you’re planning to use your shipping container as a long-term solution or modular building, you’ll need a building development approval. As
above a licensed private certifier is the best person to get the process started.
This applies when the container
Rarely, you may need to place the shipping container onto council-owned land (eg. footpath). Council assesses this on a case by case basis, call 1300 242 686 to
discuss your situation.
If you’ve got a shipping container on your property now, contact council’s Planning and Development Team immediately. They will advise you of the best way to have it approved retrospectively. Always get approval before you purchase your shipping container. Otherwise, you may have to remove it, if your application is unsuccessful, or you may face compliance action if the container remains unapproved.
You may need a development approval. Ask your certifier about this and
engage a planning consultant if needed.
14 Jun 2021