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Granny Flat NSW requirements?

Discussion in 'Development' started by PatsyStone, 24th Dec, 2015.

  1. PatsyStone

    PatsyStone Well-Known Member

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    Considering putting a 2 Bedroom Granny flat in yard. Not sure if it's possible . I have no idea about council requirements and regulations.
    I'm on a corner block. Could access for building by taking out existing timber fence.
    My idea is to build single storey off the ground hence have timber floors through out and perhaps a small deck . It would be a long narrow design.
    I could provide a small court yard and fence the flat off from rest of yard.
    If there is enough land that is.
    I have original house plans.
    Any suggestions ?
     
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    neK, what you have said is relevant to NSW only. I'm unsure if the OP wants to build in Qld as they're on the Gold Coast where different rules apply.
     
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    I thought they were building in NSW (as per heading)?
     
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    Says NSW too unless I am mistaken
     
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    Yes, it does. My apologies :oops:
     
  7. Anthony416

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    Not meaning to hijack the thread but there was an interesting ACA story on TV last week about a granny flat built in the Hornsby LGA. Instead of the building being under the 60 sq m limit they built a 120 sq m monster :) When the neighbour objected to council they basically washed their hands of it and said it was approved by a private certifier........

    My only point here is that there is a bit of flexibility in the rules and private certifiers seem to push the boundaries.
     
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    Saw the story, its on their website if anyone wants to see it. What that guy did in Hornsby is dicey. He got the rest of the dwelling over 60m2 approved as a cabana and then enclosed it. Likely it would still meet the bca BUT it is approved as an "open" cabana. If the council put their foot down they could make them open it again. There are a couple of ways to make it bigger than 60m2 but that isnt the way I would do it personally.
     
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    Thinking of Granny flat for northern NSW property. Live in both areas at the moment. What's with the Qld rule about not being able to rent out a Granny flat ? I realise people do but Sheez Louise .
    It's a bit art farty on nth coast.
    Was a trend Years ago for some to build an artist studio in backyard. Later many were converted for rentals . I did one up myself was very cool with a sizeable loft for a bedroom.
    Rental returns are healthy there at the moment . Its never been an area with a lot of units people look for affordable places where they don't have to group share.
     
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    This one is just down right taking the peess.
    But its not just granny flats where the council wash their hands, its also multi unit / storey development.
    Once the council has approved DA with certain conditions, its then up to the private certifier to ensure those are met before issuing a construction certificate.... even if they aren't met, council don't care as its now the certifier and the Building Professionals Board (BPB) problem.
     
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    Obtain a Section 149 (i think that's it), to see if allows complying development, check also for bush fires and floods.
     
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    Thanks will do.
    It's not a flood zone and unless regulations have changed for existing properties should be ok for bush fire zone.
     
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    Yes for complying development there are a few other things to keep in mind but probably will not be a factor in your case. Things such as wanting to build near a watercourse or being too close to a boundary or the depth of any excavation (if you are on a sloping block). These may trigger a requirement for a DA.
     
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    Thanks
    The block is slightly sloping .
    It is the boundary regulations that might be a concern.
    I assume it's different for front, back and sides.
    Distance from existing dwelling?
    I won't be able to provide parking .
    A seperate entrance is easy enough.
    Cheers
     
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    Just checked boundary set backs.
    I think it will work
     
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    Patsy, if you want pm me the address and I will have a look at it for you. I'm not a pro or anything but I have done a few so I know what can and can't be done for the most part.

    Be careful with section 94 contributions up there. From memory Byron Bay was like a 20k contribution...Not sure what other councils up there are like.
     
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    They cannot be used as income-producing secondary dwellings in Queensland, Victoria and South Australia.
    Is this true?