Granny flats are becoming increasingly popular in all parts of Queensland. They are commonly used for accommodation for elderly relatives of families who wish to help provide a safe, secure and convenient home. A granny flat offers independence while also ensuring relatives are in close proximity to their loved ones.
Installing a granny flat is not only a cheaper and more convenient option than placing your relative in a nursing home, it’s also an investment on your property’s value, as they can also be used as a teenage retreat or additional living space.
This is far cheaper option and more convenient than having your relative enter a nursing home. This will not suit everybody as they will still need ongoing support from the main residence occupants. Granny flats can also be used for a teenagers retreat.
Council requirements for granny flats
Each council across Queensland has a different set of rules and regulations that you will need to abide by to gain approval for your granny flat. Whilst this rules will impact with the size of the design and pending the size of your block, we have compiled a list of the surrounding council requirements below:
Gold Coast City Council
According to the Gold Coast City plan which outlines all the requirements within the area. The council’s website states the size limit is 80m² unless you are in a Medium density residential, High density residential, Rural residential and Rural zone. To know what zone your block is in, you will to access the Gold Coast City plan. The access requirements is The secondary dwelling shares its driveway and vehicle crossover with the primary dwelling.
*Whilst all best efforts have been made, it is important to research on the Gold Coast City plan as the rules may have sinced changed.
Sometimes it’s illegal to rent out a granny flat, but perfectly within local laws for a relative to occupy the residence. The laws regarding who can stay in a granny flat (based on relations) and who can’t varies on a council to council basis, so if you are considering building one, it would be in your best interests to consult with the local housing authorities before beginning planning or construction.
The total square metres allowable for a new granny flat in Queensland can vary from council to council. We strongly advise you to visit your local council and obtain it in writing what the laws are prior to planning any granny flat. The approximate square metres allowable is usually around the 60 m² to 80 m² range.
For all your granny flat and kit home needs
If you have obtained the appropriate permits for your council and wish to proceed with the design of a granny flat in Queensland, we’d be more than happy to assist. Prestige Kit Homes are the specialists for all your granny flat and kit home needs across Australia. Get in touch with our friendly team today on 1300 653 442 for an obligation-free quote.