The NSW Government has made provisions for Granny Flats to be easier and faster to build with no council approval required*
A Granny Flat or secondary dwelling is defined as a self-contained accommodation within, attached or separate to an individual home.
In 2009 the NSW Government introduced the Affordable Housing State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP) to help NSW families by:
- Allowing your Granny Flat to be approved as complying development in 20 days.
- Allowing you to build a granny flat in all residential zones*
*The minimum site requirements for a Granny Flat approval as a complying development include:
- Property must be a minimum 450m2 in area
- Property must be zoned residential
- Property must have a 12-metre width at the building line of the proposed detached Granny Flat. If your property does not meet this requirement, you can apply for an attached Granny Flat.
- Maintain a 3-metre setback from the rear and 0.9-metre from side boundaries
- Maintain a distance of 3-metres from any existing trees that are over 4-metres in height
- Maximum 60m2 internal area for your granny flat
The information provided is general and specific local council consultation should be arranged.