Ensure sheds are rated for cyclones

Thinking of getting a garden shed for Christmas? Then make sure it is rated to withstand a cyclone.

Burdekin Shire Council’s Senior Building Certifier Trevor Maltby said residents should now be checking the buildings on their properties.

“In the event of a cyclone the last thing we want is some part of our property causing damage to someone else’s property,” he said. “It is better to ensure that buildings, such as garden shed and garages, are secure before a cyclone.”

Mr Maltby said some of the garden and larger shed kits on the market do not comply with the required wind design ratings needed for the Burdekin.

“The required minimum rating for these shed in the Burdekin is for a C2 area,” he said.

“Many residents are unaware that they need a building permit for these types of buildings and to obtain that permit they will need to be provided with plans and a Form 15 (Statutory Government Form) signed by an Registered Professional Engineer of Queensland (RPEQ).”

Mr Maltby said he had also noted a few shipping containers being used for storage in the Shire.

“If these containers are being used as storage sheds, you will need to obtain a building permit as a Class 10 Building under the Building Act,” he said.

“Residents are quite welcome to contact our department prior to purchasing a shed to ensure they get one with the correct ratings for our region.”

A full list of what structures require permits in the Burdekin Shire can be found on the Council’s website www.burdekin.qld.gov.au or by contacting Council’s Customer Service Centre on (07) 4783 9800.

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