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NO COUNCIL APPROVAL: COMPLYING GRANNY FLATS THROUGH COUNCIL

With an update to the NSW Affordable Housing State Environment Planning Policy all complying residential home-owners can build a granny flat on their property without the traditional council approval process – No council approval – Given they meet certain site and design requirements.

COMPLYING DEVELOPMENT GRANNY FLAT APPROVAL

Did you know that you don’t need council approval to build a granny flat on your property?

This means that you can have a 2 bedroom granny flat built in your backyard, without a visit from the council inspector. In NSW, granny flats can be approved without the owner needing traditional council development approval (subject to meeting set criteria). This saves you time and Upton Construction will prepare and submit all that is required to the Private Certifier to get the project underway without neighbours objecting. Not to mention the potentially lower cost.

What Rules Apply For Granny Flat Approvals In NSW??

In 2009, the NSW Government released the Affordable Housing State Environment Planning Policy (SEPP). This policy permits all residential home-owners meeting certain criteria to build a granny flat on their property. Namely, a property larger then 450m2, which also has a minimum 12m street frontage.

The NSW Affordable Housing SEPP allows granny flats in NSW to be approved as a complying development. This legislation means that residential homeowners do not require granny flat approvals on their property subject to some minimum requirements.

To make this easier for homeowners to understand they have released the NSW secondary dwelling fact sheet which we have made available for download. But some of the basic guides we’ve placed below.

The minimum site requirements for a granny flat approval as a complying development include:

Granny Flat Setback Requirements for Approval on Your Block Size:

LOT SIZE (SQM) MINIMUM FRONTAGE (LINEAL METERS)MIN SIDE SETBACK HEIGHT <=3.8MMIN REAR SETBACK HEIGHT <=3.8M
450-90012m0.9m3m
900-150015m1.5m5m
1500+18m2.5m

10m

The diagram below shows the requirements for a block that is between 450sqm & 900sqm in size. Refer to Supporting secondary dwellings (granny flats) fact sheet for further details of large site requirements.

No council approval helps homeowners

With all this in mind we hope that our neighbours and all NSW homeowners will benefit from the faster and cheaper planning of their granny flats. As the NSW Secondary dwelling fact sheet puts it:

The NSW Government has made granny flats, easier and faster to build. We aim to help mums and dads create a place for those who need a space of their own, like elderly parents or those generation Y children who haven’t yet left home. These secondary dwellings also give families the chance to use a Granny Flat as a source of additional income in these challenging economic times.