Sea containers

Sea containers are a useful option for adding storage buildings to residential, commercial or industrial properties. They can be either reused, redundant shipping containers, or new shipping containers made from steel.

Download the sea container information guide for more information.  

When is a Building Permit required to add a sea container to your property?

A Building Permit approval is required for all sea containers. 

Is a Town Planning approval required for a sea container?

Town Planning approval is required for all sea containers.  

Call 9186 8555 to speak with the City’s Planning Services Department for further information.  

Who submits the application?

Either the property owner or the party contracted to install the sea container must submit the application. 

What plans and specifications do I need to submit with my application for a Building Permit?

Along with your application, please include:  

  • a full site plan showing the size and location of the sea container in relation to the property boundaries and existing buildings on the property. This plan is to be drawn to a minimum scale of 1:200  

  • engineering details of the method of tie down. 

How far from the boundary of a property can I install a sea container?

As a minimum under the National Construction Code an outbuilding must have a minimum 900mm setback between the container and the boundary or between the dwelling eave and the proposed container. Alternately, a fire wall may be required. 


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