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Approvals And Process

Survey

The first step is to survey your site and check on all compliances with regard to the SEPP and all relevant Australian standards. We also provide on-site consultation on your preferred design and budget objectives. This is a critical step as it applies to the approval and design of your new granny flat.

Building

The building stage involves being mindful of the available timeline so we don’t disrupt you, neighbours or your tenants. Our staff are trained to be professional, clean and tidy as they enter and exit your property. This is especially important on sites with existing occupants, as granny flat properties always are.

Approval

The next step is to design your granny flat and get it approved, either by our private certifier or by your local council. The latter is preferred due to the ease of assessment and time-savings. We will of course design your granny flat to be modern in appearance and with durability in mind. We will diligently consult with you on this.

Want to know if your eligible for fast track granny flat approval (CDC)?

We have designed the logical approval form below to make it even easier for you!

Starters Guide

There are many things to consider when building a granny flat, we have put together this guide to help you get started whether you’re interested for family reasons or investing.

  • Block Size – Make sure your proposed granny flat and the primary dwelling have adequate privacy and separation.
  • Your property/block must also comply with these regulations
BLOCK SIZE BLOCK WIDTH
450sqm – 900sqm 12 Meters
900sqm – 1500sqm 15 Meters
1500sqm+ 18 Meters

 

BLOCK SIZE
FRONT SETBACK SIDE SETBACK REAR SETBACK
450sqm – 900sqm 4.5 Meters 0.9 Meters 3 Meters
900sqm – 1500sqm 6.5 Meters 1.5 Meters 5 Meters
1500sqm+ 10 Meters 2.5 Meters 10 Meters

 

BLOCK SIZE COVERAGE EXISTING DWELLING & PROPOSED GRANNY FLAT FLOOR AREA LANDSCAPING
450sqm – 600sqm 50% 330sqm 20% (50% to Primary Dwelling)
600sqm – 900sqm 40% 380sqm 25% (50% to Primary Dwelling)
900sqm – 1500sqm 30% 430sqm 35% (50% to Primary Dwelling)
1500sqm+ 30% 430sqm 45% (50% to Primary Dwelling)

* Tables above exclude height setbacks which come into effect once the granny flat exceeds a height of 3.8 meters, this is generally avoided with our designs.

 

It’s important to point out there are also other factors that can prevent you from building a granny flat, or incur additional costs to comply with the SEPP and building regulations. We highly recommend ordering 149 Certificate and recommend this being one of your first steps. The 149 certificate contains information to the property which can help determine whether the property can qualify under the SEPP for a complying development approval, you can organise your 149 certificate from the local council.

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