WHAT IS A UTILITY ROOM OR CABANA?
A typical utility room, storage pod, backyard workshop, poolside changing room, enclosed garden cabana, etc, could be deemed ‘non-habitable’ (eg: not a bedroom nor additional living area of the house).
Backyard Pods make the best utility rooms and cabanas in Australia because (unlike sheds) NO SLAB is needed. Foundation piers mean no drama over drainage or sloping blocks. Backyard Pod kits can be assembled in the tiniest spaces – like the courtyard of an inner-city terrace house where no side access is available. Backyard Pods are also superior to shed options because Class 1 engineering provides greater than 2400mm ceiling height (compared to 2100mm height for sheds).
If you’re intending to create an extra living area for your home or a room where people could sleep overnight, you need to consider options for backyard studios, home extensions, or granny flats instead.
DO I NEED APPROVAL FOR A UTILITY ROOM OR CABANA?
Rules can vary between different locations but in many areas, this type of building can be added to your property without approval, providing certain conditions are met. In NSW, for example, an enclosed space up to 20sqm (residential) and 50sqm (rural) could be allowable without any red-tape whatsoever. ACT, VIC, and south-east QLD also have some provisions for approval-free structures within planning policies.
We can help you to find out what would be permissible on your site before any pointless waste of time or money.