Q. What are the requirements for building a granny flat on my block?
A. There are a number of guidelines which you must comply with in order to determine if a granny flat can be built on your block. The current legislation is called the Affordable Rental Housing State Environmental Planning Policy 2009, otherwise known as the ‘SEPP’.
Q. What is the biggest size I can have for my granny flat?
A. The maximum habitable size is 60 square metres.
Q. Can I build a granny flat in any local government council area?
A. The government and local councils are trying to encourage the construction of Affordable housing, a Section 149(2) Planning Certificate from your local council will provide a good indication of whether a granny flat can be constructed, however some councils may impose restrictions which may hinder the construction of a granny flat being built on your block. This can usually be identified by going through the Section 149(2) Planning Certificate, at Granny Flat Group we go through all these documents for you and provide you with a feasibility study as to whether or not you will have any issues.
Q. Are your Granny Flats kit homes or are they custom built?
A. No, At Granny Flat Group we have our own standard designs that we can provide or we can custom design a granny flat to suit your needs. With the standard designs we are able to pass on the savings of the drafting to our clients. Every granny flat is built with materials purchased locally and constructed the conventional way, this way we are able to maintain our quality and the finished product we are giving our clients.
Q. I have a garage on my property that I want to convert to a granny flat, can you do this?
A. At Granny Flat Group, We prefer to construct new builds as the unknown can be controlled a lot better. Existing building may pose issues which will need to be rectified prior to completion, this can sometimes be a very costly exercise for our clients as it is very hard to investigate or see.
Q. Can we attach the granny flat to our existing house?
A. It is possible to have the granny flat attached to your existing home; again, our preference is to construct new dwellings as the risks with placing an addition to an existing home could cost you more.
Q. What if I have an odd shaped block, do I have to choose one of your designs?
A. Certainly not. At Granny Flat Group we work with our clients to provide you with the best possible outcome for your sized block, no matter the shape.
Q. What about tile selections and paint colours, do I get to pick?
A. Yes. We have a network of suppliers with a large range of colours materials for you to choose from to suit your pallete.
Q. How quickly can we start building, how quick are the approvals?
A. Generally speaking, if the design is classified as a Complying Development, the design and approval process generally takes 6-8 weeks. If a DA is required the approval process will take longer, the granny flat will be ready for construction after that.
Q. Do we have to go through council and lodge a DA? can it be done through a private building certifier?
A. There are certain requirements that can classify your new granny flat as a complying development; these can be found in the SEPP. If it conforms then we will apply through a private certifier. If there are some elements of your site which do not comply with the SEPP, then a Development Application must be submitted to local council. Granny Flat group will guide you through the process.
Q. How long before we can rent out the granny flat?
A. Generally, it should take no more than 12 weeks for practical completion; this is of course subject to weather and other issues which would be out of our control.
Q. Do You Build Granny Flats For Clients with Special Needs?
A. Granny Flat Group certainly seeks to accommodate people with special needs. We will gladly modify or draft new designs to make accommodations for people with special needs. Examples can include the addition of ramps to certain areas (instead of stairs), making all doorways and entry points wider and ensuring that adequate safety grab rails are placed in all the required positions throughout the granny flat.