One of the more common questions that come up when
building a new granny flat is about the approval for the building of the
structure. Typically, when one constructs a new structure, approval from the government
has to be obtained first. The government, however, has made it easier for
homeowners to build granny flats NSW,
making it 10 days or less to get approval for the construction.
The move is part of the NSW governmentís aim to make building granny flats
easier and faster in order to promote construction of affordable home units for
members of the family who need a place of their own. These granny flats could
serve as an alternative to apartments for college students or for elderly
members of the family needing their own little home. Granny flats can also
become a good source of income for homeowners who plan to rent it to a third
party. This is a great help for any one during harsh economic times.
The government has eased regulations covering granny flats so that homeowners
can obtain granny flat approval regardless of the residential zone where the
structure is to be built. Previously, granny flats can only be built in
specified zones in the councilís local environmental plans. This further pushes
the governmentís agenda to encourage construction of affordable rental spaces
for the public.
The requirements to gain approval for a granny flat on your lot are simple
enough. First, the lot should limited to one house and one granny flat only.
Remember to check your councilís local environmental plan to check the maximum
combined floor area for the house and granny flat. The granny flat is allowed
to have up to 60 square metres of floor area. This maximum may, however, differ
in some local councilís local environmental plan.
Granny flats are also permitted, provided that the lot is not subdivided. The
granny flat also needs to comply with the standard setbacks, building height
requirements, floor space ratios and open space rules of the local authority.
The planned granny flat must also adhere to the Building Code of Australia to
ensure that all rules regarding safety, easements, structures are followed.
To get approval for the construction of a granny flat, the homeowner has to go
to the Development Application council, making sure that all requirements for a
granny flat are met. The approval will be made within 10 days if the structure
meets the guidelines set by the Affordable Rental Housing SEPP and the NSW
housing code. It would be good to seek the help of a granny flat specialist to
help you understand the different requirements for the new granny flat.