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Although most Local Governments take a relaxed approach to the humble cubby house when it comes to requiring approvals, it is important that before you consider investing time and money that you ring your local government or visit their website as they may have information regarding their policy or requirements before their installation.

Building your child a cubby house or tree house is an enjoyable weekend project. There are many pre-fabricated cubby houses available that can be purchased and installed, ready for adventures. But if you decide to build your own, select suitable materials that are chemical free and durable. Sand sharp edges and rough areas to prevent grazes and splinters, and ensure fort-style cubby-houses or tree-houses are sturdy and not too high to prevent injuries from falls.
Positioning your cubby carefully is important. Here are some tips:
·        Council property and verges are not for general use. Cubby houses or tree houses must be within the boundaries of your property.
·        Generally all structures in the front setback of your home require an approval. However a small building that is well blended with the landscaping is not likely to offend.
·        The backyard is generally the position of choice of most. Try to keep the roof of the cubby lower than the fence. However, if you have an elevated fort-style cubby house orient windows and platforms to face into your yard so that neighbours don’t feel their privacy is invaded and noisy play is directed away from fences.
·        The scale of your cubby should be less than a garden shed, but check if there is a maximum area for your “building” to be exempt.
·        Tell your neighbours of your intention to install a cubby house for your children. This reduces the likelihood of complaints as they have been consulted, when, generally, people do not object.
Once your cubby is being enjoyed by your family, you will need to regularly inspect your cubby house and maintain it to a safe standard. Make sure you use safe paints, and watch for any new inhabitants, such as spiders or snakes, which might choose to call it home!
If the Council does receive complaints regarding your cubby house, perhaps because it is considered an eyesore or impacting a person’s right to privacy, in which case you may be required to move or remove it.

One response to “Cubby Houses”

  1. Nick Mensinga says:

    Hi I’m wondering if the base of my cubby is strong enough. I have used 90×90 posts, they are 600 in the ground. It’s 2400×2400 with a patio out front making it 3600 long the cubby itself is 2400×2400
    Timber 1600 walls and A Frame roof. The perimeter of the base is 140 x 45 and is a bit over 1600 of the ground the height of the roof truss is 0.8. Hope you could give me some info. Thanks