GETTING STARTED

The requirements below outline the minimum Complying Development requirements for Granny Flats, in accordance with the State Environmental Planning Policy (Affordable Rental Housing) 2009, and is to be used as a guide only.

The State Environmental Planning Policy (Affordable Rental Housing) 2009 encourages the development of secondary dwellings, commonly known as granny flats, by:

✓ Allowing granny flats to be approved as complying development;

✓ Allowing granny flats to be built in all residential zones;

✓ Setting clear standards for the development of granny flats

 

FAQs

How hard is the approval process?

  • It is not hard at all. The government is encouraging the construction of Granny Flats via Complying Development applications.

Do I have to do anything to get my Granny Flat approved?

  • No. First Choice will help you with the entire process, including approval from start to finish.

Do I have to choose one of your designs?

  • No. We can design a custom Granny Flat specific to your needs, land, and budget.

What size can I build my Granny Flat?

  • The maximum size is 60 square metres excluding carports, veranda’s, outbuildings, garages etc.

How long does construction take?

  • Typically 12 weeks for completion after approval, subject to weather.

Do you provide separate meters for water and electricity?

  • Yes

Do you offer any warranties or guarantees?

  • Construction has 6 years structural warranty, 12 months maintenance period. Manufacturer warranty for appliances.

CAN I BUILD A GRANNY FLAT ON MY LAND?

General requirements for a Granny Flat is:

  • Residential zoned land
  • Property needs to be a minimum land size of 450m2 or greater
  • Your property needs to be 12 metres wide
  • Maximum floor area of Granny Flat is 60m2
  • 3m rear set back from property boundary
  • Trees over 6 metres needs to be a minimum of 3m away from the Granny Flat
  • Existing drainage easement
  • Planning Certificate – must be obtained from your local council, which outlines any specific classifications that may have been burdened onto your land.