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Granny flat approvals process in Sydney

Housing is a dominant issue in almost all countries developed ones counted in. Currently, in Australia, the property market is trending for the name ‘granny flats.’ These have been adopted widely not only in Sydney but across the country and beyond. Aspects of doing with macro economics and affordability of housing contribute to this trend. The many benefits of having the additional property and the extra uses coming in are other reasons pushing people to go for the idea. Alongside these reasons is the fact that the government has eased planning policies with the intention of fast-tracking the approval process to as short as 10 days. This is allowed according to SEPP legislation for affordable housing 2009. It is however just one of the approval processes you can follow.

2 types of approval processes

There are many ways of killing a rat, so they say. If you have made up your mind to construct a granny home, you have two ways to seek permission of construction. What is mandatory is getting the legal approval. To get there, you can either follow the CDC compliance channel or take the development DA application option if you are not in a hurry. The previous is as discussed in the first paragraph usually being super-fast. Building a granny flat is usually a fast process taking several weeks. Some people believe that planning and approvals should also go the short term way. However, the route requires your project to meet certain qualifications. If you are not lucky to meet these demands, the DA application to the local council is yet another route. There also some rules to comply with here including state environmental planning policy and development control for secondary dwellings. The latter option is much slower and can take up to 3 months to complete.

Documents required

Some people don’t know just what is expected of them when seeking approvals. To make matters easier, you require certain key documents including;

  • Sewer diagrams – you don’t want to interfere with the sewer networks down there if you are to keep the price low.
  • 149 certificate – if you have your certificate, you will need it. If you don’t have one, then apply for one after paying a necessary small fee.
  • Title search – is it legal to build on your lot or are there restrictions or easements that can prevent that?

Having all these documents in order will give you peace of mind and a sense of direction on which approval option you are to take.

Type of granny flat

Many people see granny flats as simple studio houses. However, there are several classifications of these including;

If your structure is not under these categories, you might need to consult further. Other structures may not require approvals such as barbeques, garden sheds etc.


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