What Boundary Setbacks Are Required for a Granny Flat in NSW?

What Boundary Setbacks Are Required for a Granny Flat in NSW?

In NSW the planning legislation is clear – Granny Flats are a welcome addition to housing stock across the state. There is specific legislation, updated in November 2021 (the Housing SEPP) that sets out the guidelines for being able to build a Granny Flat with NO council approval, including what set backs are required for your lot size. Here we cover in detail how close you can build a Granny Flat to your boundary and to other structures on your site.

Complying development certification (CDC) is a faster approval process which ensures planning and environmental requirements are met through a set of prescribed approval conditions. An application for a CDC can be lodged with either a local council or an accredited certifier acting as the Certifying Authority. At Acrow we will work through how to build your Granny Flat with NO council approval to get a faster, smoother Granny Flat build. Here is some of what we will look at.

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Zoning for Granny Flats

Granny Flats are permitted in residential zones (R1, R2, R3, R4 under a CDC and R5 under a DA). They may also be permitted in other zones under a council’s local environmental plan.

Classification of Granny Flats

A Granny Flat is a secondary dwelling. There can only be one principal dwelling and one secondary dwelling on each property. It is possible to build, two Granny Flats on a property however one of these would be classed as a main dwelling. The Housing SEPP provides for a new principal and secondary dwelling to be approved under a single complying development certificate.

Minimum Site Area for Granny Flats

The minimum site area is 450m2. If the land has an area less than 450m2, the development cannot be carried out as complying development regardless of whether it is attached to the principal dwelling. An exception to this is where a secondary dwelling is located entirely within an existing dwelling house.

Maximum Floor Area for Granny Flats

The maximum floor area for granny flat is not mentioned under this title. The maximum floor area, measure from the outside of the external wall is 60m2.

Building Clearance

1.8-metre clearance between class 1 buildings. You can build closer to class 1 buildings providing the relevant wall/s within 1.8 metres are fire rated. It is important to note that you can build as close as 1000mm to other structures such as garages providing garage is at least 1.8 meters away from primary dwelling.

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Setbacks for Granny Flats

The setback of a site with a front boundary on a primary or parallel road is equal to the average of the front setbacks of the nearest two dwelling houses on the same road. These dwelling houses must be located within 40 metres of your lot. Otherwise, the setbacks are based on the lot size as shown in the diagrams below. There is a minimum setback of 3 metres from the rear boundary, 900mm from the side boundary and 4.5 metres from the front boundary. Click to view each setback guideline.

 

Knowledge is non-negotiable. Our Design Consultant will measure out your site and help you fully understand the possibilities for your block, and be able to discuss in detail your options for a CDC or Development Application. When you’re planning to build, you want assurance that your site is suitable, and that you are not going to be impacted mid-build by unforeseen or surprise costs. We provide a thorough, free, upfront feasibility study for your Granny Flat which gives you an assured green light to build.

Completed Lake Macquarie Granny Flat Cooranbong

Completed Lake Macquarie Granny Flat Cooranbong

Lake Macquarie Granny Flat Case Study: Cooranbong

Our client Jim chose our popular two-bedroom design, The Prime, for his granny flat project. Opting for the standard configuration, he did not require any upgrades, so we were ready to build quickly. Completed in 2023, this build was notable for its location at the front of the main house, a less common choice that suited Jim’s specific needs perfectly and was still able to be constructed under CDC. The project was managed efficiently by our Sales Manager, Mick, and overseen by our Project Manager, Dario, ensuring timely completion in approximately 14 weeks.

The Prime floor plan is a favourite among our clients, featuring two bedrooms with built-in wardrobes, a generously sized bathroom/laundry, and an open-plan kitchen, living, and dining area. Jim opted for the skillion roof style, enhancing the modern aesthetic of his new home. With an internal area of 60 square meters, The Prime offers a spacious yet cosy living environment.

Despite the simplicity of the build, the project was not without its challenges. Constructed on bearers and joists with a steel frame, the granny flat required careful planning and execution to ensure stability and durability. Jim’s choice to position the granny flat at the front of his property presented a unique opportunity to maximise the available space while maintaining a harmonious layout with the existing main house.

Jim was an exceptional client, and his positive experience is reflected in his stellar five-star review on Google. His feedback highlights the quality of our work and the dedication of our team. We are proud to have delivered a project that combines style, practicality, and comfort, meeting all of Jim’s expectations.

The Prime granny flat stands as a testament to our commitment to providing high-quality, adaptable living solutions. Jim now enjoys a beautifully designed, functional space that complements his lifestyle and enhances his property’s value.

Acrow Lake Macquarie Granny Flat Review

Here is the five star feedback these clients left on Google for our work on this Cooranbong granny flat:

What a Fantastic Experience !!
From the very beginning, The sales rep let me know all of the ins and outs ,very honest and did a great job getting the legals that needed to be done, The office staff were friendly and a great help in deciding the colours of the flat and the fixtures inside,
The builder went over everything with a fine tooth comb, if he had an issue with anything he rang me about it and rectified it straight away, very knowledgeable,
I met these guys face to face and they were all a pleasure to deal with, The best part is the price i was quoted is exactly what i paid even through price fluctuations during the build,
Every Friday I received an email telling me what was completed that week and what will be done next week, i was never out of the loop, This is a very professional outfit,
I couldn’t be happier !
Thank You Acrow !!
Jim.

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Local Granny Flat Builder Lake Macquarie

Cooranbong, a suburb in the Lake Macquarie region, offers a perfect blend of convenience and community. Nestled near the lake and close to the Watagan Mountains, it’s a short drive to major amenities and the Newcastle CBD. Cooranbong provides a lifestyle that caters to professionals, singles, families, and retirees, making it an ideal place to invest in a granny flat.

For over two decades, Acrow has been the trusted name in crafting exceptional granny flats in Lake Macquarie. As a family-run business, we take pride in our extensive experience and dedication to delivering high-quality living spaces tailored to your needs.

Acrow offers a diverse range of stylish granny flat designs and floor plans to suit every taste and requirement. From custom designs to inclusive packages, we’re committed to bringing your vision to life. With our price beat guarantee and support for property investors throughout the Lake Macquarie region, you can trust us to deliver exceptional results.

Whether you’re an investor seeking to maximise returns, a parent looking to accommodate a growing family, or a retiree planning for the future, Acrow Granny Flats is here to make your granny flat project a reality.

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Looking for the best Granny Flat builder on the NSW South Coast?

Looking for the best Granny Flat builder on the NSW South Coast?

Dedicated to building the highest quality Granny Flats on the South Coast. You MUST get a quote from Acrow to be sure about your Granny Flat or Home Extension building project. With 100s of positive reviews and completed builds property owners in Jarvis Bay, Huskisson, The Basin, Culburra, Vincentia, and all through Callala are lining up to have the Acrow team get the job done.

All our Granny Flats are fully customisable to your available space on the South Coast – so no matter your needs, your journey starts with a FREE site consultation from one of our experienced Design Consultants, based in the South Coast area.

Why build a Granny Flat on the NSW South Coast?

Building a Granny Flat on the South Coast is a smart investment – no matter what stage of your life you are in. The NSW South Coast has been one of the fastest-growing populations in the state of New South Wales – even in the country. It makes sense to think about investing in property or in your home on the South Coast.

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What size Granny Flat can you build on the South Coast?

Designed to fit on South Coast blocks, Acrow have perfected the process of designing and building a wide range of 1 bedroom Granny Flats2 bedroom Granny Flats and 3 bedroom Granny flats. You can have just about any Granny Flat design up to 60m2 on your South Coast property – often using the fast track Complying Development Certificate (CDC) process.

Our Granny Flat designs have clever, practical layouts and intuitive use of space, with beautiful finishes and a great range of inclusions as standard.  Our South Coast Granny Flat plans are available in a range of sizes, from as compact as 40m2 1 Bedroom Granny Flat floorplans, through to spacious 2 or 3 bed 60m2 floorplans with stunning alfresco decking.

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What do you need to know about building a Granny Flat on the South Coast?

When you need some extra space at your South Coast place, and are considering a Granny Flat or Home Extension, it can be hard to know where to start, and confusing trying to determine what might be possible, how much it would cost and how long it could take.

We are an Australian family owned business, committed to ensuring a stress free and simple project, with our handpicked and reliable consultants, designers and trades delivering quality service and construction on every job.

From our showroom consultants right through to specialist carpenters and our award-winning council planning team, we offer a clear and assured approach to building your dream Granny Flat.

Our passion for what we do means our projects are delivered on time, within budget, with no hidden fees.

This early part of your journey is an important step, so take the time to get it right, researching and talking to experts – and no matter your question, we are here to help, expect a warm welcome from our team on the phone, via email or in person.

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Who is on your dedicated South Coast building team?

When you need some extra space at your South Coast place, and are considering a Granny Flat or Home Extension, it can be hard to know where to start, and confusing trying to determine what might be possible, how much it would cost and how long it could take. We are an Australian family owned business, committed to ensuring a stress free and simple project, with our handpicked and reliable consultants, designers and trades delivering quality service and construction on every job.

From our showroom consultants right through to specialist carpenters and our award-winning council planning team, we offer a clear and assured approach to building your dream Granny Flat. Our passion for what we do means our projects are delivered on time, within budget, with no hidden fees.

This early part of your journey is an important step, so take the time to get it right, researching and talking to experts – and no matter your question, we are here to help, expect a warm welcome from our team on the phone, via email or in person.

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Acrow builds on South Coast down past Moruya:

SHOALHAVEN

  • Berry
  • Shoalhaven Heads
  • Kangaroo Valley
  • Nowra
  • Jervis Bay
  • Culburra
  • Callala
  • Currarong
  • Huskisson
  • Sussex Inlet
  • Lake Conjola
  • Milton
  • Mollymook
  • Ulladulla
  • Kings Point
  • Burrill Lake
  • Tabourie Lake
  • Bawley Point
  • Kioloa
  • Turneil
  • Durras
ILLAWARRA

  • Wollongong
  • Shellharbour
  • Kiama
  • Jamberoo
  • Gerringong
  • Gerroa
EUROBODALLA

  • Batemans Bay
  • Nelligen
  • Durras
  • Mogo
  • Broulee
  • Tomakin
  • Moruya

Building a Granny Flat in the NSW South Coast offers numerous benefits, including increased property value, extra living space, rental income potential, and the opportunity for multi-generational living. With its idyllic surroundings and thriving community, the South Coast is the perfect location for a Granny Flat that caters to a diverse range of needs and lifestyles. Careful planning, adherence to local regulations, and collaboration with experienced professionals will help you create a functional and attractive secondary dwelling that enhances your property and enriches your life.

If you’re considering building a Granny Flat or Airbnb investment strategy in the South Coast regions, our local experts are here to assist you. With a wealth of experience and an extensive collection of designs, we can guide you in choosing the perfect accommodation solution for your property. Take a look at our design collection to explore the possibilities and check out our comprehensive inclusions. Start your journey by requesting a site visit below and let us help you make the most of the lucrative accommodation market with your backyard asset, in this captivating region.

Granny Flats Hunter Valley

Granny Flats Hunter Valley

Are you considering building a Granny Flat in the stunning Hunter Valley? A Granny Flat, also known as a secondary dwelling, can be a fantastic addition to your property in this picturesque region. Whether you want to accommodate aging parents, generate extra income, or expand your living space, building a Granny Flat in the Hunter Valley is a smart investment. In this article, we’ll explore the benefits of constructing a Granny Flat in the Hunter Valley and provide essential insights to help you get started.

Increase Your Property Value with a Hunter Valley Granny Flat

Adding a Granny Flat to your Hunter Valley property can significantly enhance its value. With the region’s charm and year round events, their is growing demand for secondary dwellings. Your Granny Flat will attract potential buyers or tenants. Granny Flats offer additional living space, which can serve as a guest house, home office, or rental accommodation. The flexibility they provide, ‘The Granny Flex’ is a valuable asset that appeals to a wide range of individuals and families.

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Enjoy Extra Living Space in the Hunter Valley

A Granny Flat provides you with extra living space on your Hunter Valley property. This additional space can be utilized in various ways based on your needs. It can serve as a cosy retreat for aging parents, offering them a separate, yet accessible, living area while keeping them close to their loved ones. Alternatively, you can transform the Granny Flat into a home office, hobby room, or private studio. The serene environment of the Hunter Valley provides a conducive atmosphere for any purpose you choose – and a Granny Flat meets the changing needs of your family over your lifetime.

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Generate Rental Income with a Hunter Valley Granny Flat

The Hunter Valley is a sought-after tourist destination, attracting visitors from near and far. Take advantage of this opportunity by renting out your Granny Flat as vacation accommodation. With its breath-taking vineyards, gourmet restaurants, and cultural events, the region offers a unique experience for tourists exploring the Australian countryside. By marketing your Granny Flat as a short-term rental, you can capitalise on the demand and earn a steady income throughout the year.

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Embrace Multi-generational Living in the Hunter Valley

As families evolve, the need for multigenerational living arrangements grows. A Granny Flat is an ideal solution for accommodating elderly parents or independent adult children. It offers privacy and autonomy while fostering a strong sense of family and support. The tranquil environment and community-oriented atmosphere of the Hunter Valley make it a perfect place for multi-generational living, ensuring a comfortable and enjoyable experience for all family members.

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Cost-Effective Construction of a Hunter Valley Granny Flat

Building a Granny Flat in the Hunter Valley can be a cost-effective option compared to purchasing or constructing a separate property. Granny Flats are generally smaller in size, requiring less time, materials, and labour to build. Acrow are renowned in the Hunter Valley and specialise in constructing Granny Flats that suit their surroundings and can provide tailored solutions to suit your needs and budget.

When planning your Hunter Valley granny flat, it’s crucial to familiarise yourself with local regulations and requirements. The guidelines outlined by the New South Wales authorities provide rules and guidelines regarding Granny Flat construction, such as size limitations, setbacks, and approval processes. Acrow ensure compliance with these regulations and streamline the approval process.

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Building a Granny Flat in the Hunter Valley offers numerous benefits, including increased property value, extra living space, rental income potential, and the opportunity for multi-generational living. With its idyllic surroundings and thriving community, the Hunter Valley is the perfect location for a Granny Flat that caters to a diverse range of needs and lifestyles. Careful planning, adherence to local regulations, and collaboration with experienced professionals will help you create a functional and attractive secondary dwelling that enhances your property and enriches your life.

If you’re considering building a Granny Flat or Airbnb investment strategy in the Hunter Valley regions, our local experts are here to assist you. With a wealth of experience and an extensive collection of designs, we can guide you in choosing the perfect accommodation solution for your property. Take a look at our design collection to explore the possibilities and check out our comprehensive inclusions. Start your journey by requesting a site visit below and let us help you make the most of the lucrative accommodation market with your backyard asset, in this captivating region.

ACT Granny Flats: What to Consider When Buying a Block to Build

ACT Granny Flats: What to Consider When Buying a Block to Build

Canberra is witnessing a significant shift in residential building with more and more home owners looking to add secondary residences for family or for rental income. If you are in the market to buy a property with this intention, we have a few tips to help you find the right block

Tips for buying when your goal is to add a secondary residence in Canberra, ACT

  • Try to purchase a block that is rectangle, with house to the front and plenty of rear garden.
  • It is best if the house is square on the land not on an angle….it gives you more room for privacy from the house and the granny flat.
  • Best size is from 700m2 upwards as you will always need a 3.000 mtr rear setback.
  • The side setbacks are 1.500 from one boundary and 3.000 from the second side boundary.
  • Many houses in ACT have electrical easements, it is best if this is along the rear boundary not the side.
  • It is best to have the width of two cars at the side for access as you need to provide parking for 3 cars in total behind the building line.
  • 2 can be tandem but the third has to be unhindered (this allows the granny flat tenant clear access at all times) modifications of this can be worked but that will depend on the block.
  • If you remove a garage to build this granny flat you will most definitely need to ensure you meet the parking codes.
  • No large trees within 4 mtrs of a granny flat, ACTPLA are hesitant to allow you to remove any significant trees in the area.
  • You can only build out the front of a property if you have at least a 13.000 set back from the road
  • Corner blocks are the best so long as they have plenty of back garden as the granny flat needs to be built behind the building line of the other houses in the street.

 

Canberra’s Trusted Granny Flat Builders

If you live in the ACT and are searching for a clever way to invest in your own property, a Granny Flat built by Acrow may be exactly what you’re looking for. Our customers are building Granny Flats in Canberra for myriad of reasons. For example, as a comfortable alternative to expensive and overcrowded nursing homes, that keep your elderly loved ones close while maintaining your personal space for daily life. Families are investing in Granny Flats in Canberra to pay off a mortgage much faster by making the most of vacant backyard space. With the ability to build a Granny Flat from up to 90m2 in the ACT, the possibilities are endless for you to maximise the return on your property.

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Moving in or moving parents in: How to have the ‘Granny Flat Chat’

Moving in or moving parents in: How to have the ‘Granny Flat Chat’

In the tapestry of family life, there comes a moment when the threads of generations intertwine, creating a unique pattern of love, support, and shared experiences. Whether you’re contemplating having your elderly parents move in or suggesting your adult children return home to save on rent, initiating this conversation requires a delicate touch and an open heart. Let’s explore the art of starting these discussions with empathy and kindness, considering the beautiful possibilities that can arise from such decisions.

Setting the stage for honest conversations:

1. Choose the right moment:

Find a tranquil moment when the world slows down, and hearts can speak freely. Choose a setting that allows for comfort and intimacy.

2. Express love and support:

Begin the conversation by expressing your unwavering love and genuine support for each family member involved. Let your words be a soothing balm that communicates your care and concern.

3. Highlight the positives:

Emphasise the positive aspects of the proposed living arrangement. For elderly parents, discuss the benefits of aging at home, surrounded by the warmth of family. For adult children, explore the opportunities for strengthened bonds, shared responsibilities, and financial relief.

4. Share your observations:

Openly share your observations and feelings about the current situations. Discuss the challenges or joys your parents may be experiencing or acknowledge the financial hurdles your adult children might be facing.

5. Present the vision:

Paint a picture of the envisioned living space. Whether it’s a Granny Flat for added independence or a shared family home, describe how this arrangement can enhance the quality of life for everyone involved.

Approaching the elderly parents move-in scenario:

1. Discuss aging at home:

When considering having elderly parents move in, discuss the concept of aging at home. Share the idea of creating a safe and comfortable space that allows for both privacy and familial closeness.

2. Involve them in planning:

Make your parents active participants in the decision-making process. Discuss the design and features of the potential living space, ensuring it aligns with their preferences and needs.

3. Address concerns thoughtfully:

Encourage open communication about any concerns they may have. Address logistical, emotional, and practical aspects with empathy, reassuring them of your commitment to their well-being.

Approaching the adult children move-in scenario:

1. Discuss financial considerations:

When suggesting adult children move back home, acknowledge the financial challenges they may face. Discuss the potential for savings on rent and emphasize the family’s commitment to supporting each other.

2. Involve them in planning:

Similar to the scenario with elderly parents, involve your adult children in the planning and design process. Allow them to contribute their preferences, fostering a sense of ownership and responsibility.

3. Address concerns thoughtfully:

Encourage open communication about any concerns your adult children may have, whether about space, independence, or lifestyle adjustments. Listen with empathy and collaboratively find solutions.

The decision to share living spaces across generations is a choreography of understanding, and mutual support. By approaching conversations with empathy, actively involving each family member in the decision-making process, and addressing concerns with kindness, you can create harmonious living spaces that nurture the bonds that make a family truly extraordinary. In these discussions, let love be the guiding force, and a happy home will  come weaving together the unique threads that make your family’s tapestry one of strength, resilience, and enduring love.

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