State Regulations

Rules & Regulations for Tiny Houses in Australia

The rules and regulations of tiny houses differs across the country. Select your State to review the authorities responsible for road laws, planning, building and local laws. And where you need more information contact the authority to get more detailed information.

Road Rules and Vehicle Regulations

Road rules and vehicle regulations define how a tiny house on wheels is registered, size limitations for road transportation and specifications for towing. The ACT Road Transport Authority is responsible.

Building Code

Building code defines how a tiny house should be constructed. There is a national body called the Australian Building Code Board (ABCA) that manages the code. The Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate – Planning is the building administrator in ACT.

Planning & Dwelling Rules

In the ACT there are no separate local governments so these responsibilities are performed by the territory government, which is the Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate – Planning

Road Rules and Vehicle Regulations

Road rules and vehicle regulations define how a tiny house on wheels is registered, size limitations for road transportation and specifications for towing. Roads and Maritime Services is the agency responsible.

Building Code

Building code defines how a tiny house should be constructed. There is a national body called the Australian Building Code Board (ABCA) that manages the code. The Department of Planning and Environment is the building administrator in New South Wales.

Planning & Dwelling Rules

Individual councils have jurisdiction to interpret planning rules. Use this link  to find the relevant Council for your proposed  tiny house location. You will need to understand your planning scheme and the regulations that will apply to you.

Road Rules and Vehicle Regulations

Road rules and vehicle regulations define how a tiny house on wheels is registered, size limitations for road transportation and specifications for towing.  The Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics is responsible in the Northern Territory.

Building Code

Building code defines how a tiny house should be constructed. There is a national body called the Australian Building Code Board (ABCA) that manages the code.

The Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics is the building administrator in Northern Territory.

Planning & Dwelling Rules

Individual councils have jurisdiction to interpret planning rules. Use this link  to find the relevant Council for your proposed  tiny house location. You will need to understand your planning scheme and the regulations that will apply to you.

Road Rules and Vehicle Regulations

Road rules and vehicle regulations define how a tiny house on wheels is registered, size limitations for road transportation and specifications for towing. Government agency is Department of Transport and Main Roads is responsible for this in Queensland.

Building Code

Building code defines how a tiny house should be constructed. There is a national body called the Australian Building Code Board (ABCA) that manages the code.

The Department of Housing and Public Worksis the building administrator in Queensland

Planning & Dwelling Rules

Individual councils have jurisdiction to interpret planning rules. Use this link  to find the relevant Council for your proposed  tiny house location. You will need to understand your planning scheme and the regulations that will apply to you.

Road Rules and Vehicle Regulations

Road rules and vehicle regulations define how a tiny house on wheels is registered, size limitations for road transportation and specifications for towing. Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure is responsible in South Australia.

Building Code

Building code defines how a tiny house should be constructed. There is a national body called the Australian Building Code Board (ABCA) that manages the code.

The Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure is the building administrator in South Australia.

Planning & Dwelling Rules

Individual councils have jurisdiction to interpret planning rules. Use this link  to find the relevant Council for your proposed  tiny house location. You will need to understand your planning scheme and the regulations that will apply to you.

Road Rules and Vehicle Regulations

Road rules and vehicle regulations define how a tiny house on wheels is registered, size limitations for road transportation and specifications for towing. Department of State Growth – Transport is responsible for regulation in Tasmania.

Building Code

Building code defines how a tiny house should be constructed. There is a national body called the Australian Building Code Board (ABCA) that manages the code.

Consumer, Building and Occupational Services is the building administrator in Tasmania.

Planning & Dwelling Rules

Individual councils have jurisdiction to interpret planning rules. Use this link  to find the relevant Council for your proposed  tiny house location. You will need to understand your planning scheme and the regulations that will apply to you.

Road Rules and Vehicle Regulations

Road rules and vehicle regulations define how a tiny house on wheels is registered, size limitations for road transportation and specifications for towing. VicRoads which comes under the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources specifies these rules for Victoria.

Building Code

Building code defines how a tiny house should be constructed. There is a national body called the Australian Building Code Board (ABCA) that manages the code.

The Victorian Building Authority is the building administrator in Victoria.

Planning & Dwelling Rules

As of the 1411/2023 Victoria allows secondary dwellings under 60m2 to not need planning permission. In addition there are no usage restrictions for the secondary dwelling i.e. can be for family, or rent for extra income etc. However, the secondary home will still require a building permit.

Find a local council

Individual councils have jurisdiction to interpret planning rules. Use this link  from the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning in Victoria to find the relevant Council for your proposed  tiny house location. You will need to understand your planning scheme and the regulations that will apply to you.

Road Rules and Vehicle Regulations

Road rules and vehicle regulations define how a tiny house on wheels is registered, size limitations for road transportation and specifications for towing. The Department of Transport is responsible in Western Australia.

Building Code

Building code defines how a tiny house should be constructed. There is a national body called the Australian Building Code Board (ABCA) that manages the code.

Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety is the building administrator in Western Australia.

Planning & Dwelling Rules

Individual councils have jurisdiction to interpret planning rules. Use this link  to find the relevant Council for your proposed  tiny house location. You will need to understand your planning scheme and the regulations that will apply to you.