Development approval exemption for buildings on rural leases expanded
Rural landholders can now build larger sheds, silos and other structures on their rural leases without development approval.
Previously, only buildings or structures up to 100m² in plan area on rural leases were exempted from the development approval process. That exemption has been expanded to cover buildings or structures up to 216m² in plan area.
This change reduces the regulatory burden on farmers and other rural landholders who want to build on their properties to make them more productive and resilient. It gives them more flexibility in preparing for events such as bushfires, drought or floods.
Grain silos, sheds and greenhouses often need to be larger than 100m² to be of use. Many of the most economical prefabricated farm sheds, for example, are 18m x12m (216m²) in size.
Buildings works that are over 216m² in plan area on rural leases are still subject to the development approval process.
The change does not remove any requirements under the Building Act 2004 and the National Construction Code. Building work on rural leases that is exempt from development approval still needs to go through the building approval and certification process.
Read the amendments to s1.85 in Schedule 1 of the Planning and Development Regulation 2008.