WHAT IS A GRANNY FLAT?
A typical granny flat is designed as self-contained accommodation for extended family or to rent as a secondary dwelling for additional income. Depending on the site and local regulations, the granny flat could be separate from the main house or deemed an extension of the main house via some form of connection.
DO I NEED APPROVAL FOR A GRANNY FLAT?
Granny flats (secondary dwellings) are permissible in most areas of Australia, depending on the suitability of your site and providing that specific conditions for compliance are met.
In Australia, any room used for human habitation (eg: sleeping, living, etc) must be approved and/or certified – whether the room is in a separate structure or an extension of the main house. If the rooms are not used for sleeping, living, etc (eg: cabana room, workshop, utility room) some projects may not need approval but even then, any exemption is only up to a certain size, depending on your location. You can order skids for your Backyard Pod (instead of foundation piers) to make a relocatable home but most councils will not allow relocatable homes (eg: tiny houses) to remain on a residential property for more than a few days. We can help you to find out what would be permissible on your site before any pointless waste of time or money.