DPUs – dependent person’s units

Some councils that won’t allow granny flats for rental purposes will allow people to build a DPU (dependent person’s unit) to accommodate a family member subject to certain structural and situational conditions. This has been the case with getting a DPU in Melbourne, for example, until some changes in rules for some areas in Victoria.

Many customers have successfully built a compliant DPU using flat-pack building kits from Backyard Pods, saving lots compared to conventional construction. We can also do prefabricated DPUs, delivered complete to your property ready for connection to services, etc.

We can help with your DPU or granny flat when you’re ready, including with the approval process if needed. Just ask for our latest prefab brochure for prices on 24 most popular designs. Otherwise, you can click below to send us a detailed enquiry and we’ll get back to you shortly.

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