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How to Get Approval for Your New Granny Flat

By - September 10th, 2012, 20:24, Category: General

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.