Step 1: Getting Started

Did you know you can build a granny flat in your home without council approval?

To do this you need to tick a few boxes (subject to how big your land is)

#1: How big is your block? Is it over 450sqm?

This is the starting point for complying development.

FRONTAGE
Block
Size
Frontage
Required
450-900 12m
900-1500 15m
1500+ 18m
SETBACKS WHEN BUILDING
Front, Side & Rear
Block Size Back Side Front
450-900 3m 0.9m 4.5m
450-900 5m 1.5m 6.5m
1500+ 10m 2.5m 10m
FLOOR AREA, SITE COVERAGE & LANDSCAPED AREA
Block
Size
Site
Coverage
Total Floor Area
(Include Existing House)
Landscape
Area
450-600 50% 330sqm 20%
600-900 40% 380sqm 25%
900+ 30% 430sqm 35% (900-1500)
1500+ 30% 430sqm 45%

#2: Retrieve the following information

If you have ticked yes to the above boxes, you are nearly there.
The other items you need to check are:

  1. Order a 149 (2) Certificate from your council by fax or over the counter.
  2. Order a Sewer diagram. This can be obtained from a “Reece Plumbing” outlet or by visiting Espreon. At Espreon goto: Property Services > One Off Searches > Proceed.
  3. Let us know if your property is higher than the street or lower than the street.
  4. Are there any trees in your back yard (neighbours back yard) that are over 6metres?