What You Need to Know About How to Subdivide a House

There are some basic rules of subdivision but what you need to know about how to subdivide a house are the little tricks the experts use to maximise their development potential.

Colin Fragar, founder and CEO of the Council Approval Group shares a few tips for subdividing a house.

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So a question I often get asked is can I subdivide my house?

My name is Colin Fragar from Council Approval Group.
And the answer to that question, can I subdivide my house, really gets down to your zoning and particular local areas.
So it’d be really important that we talk to you. But what I want to do is still to add value to you today for watching this video. So there’s three different things that we could do or at least that we could look at.

I’m just gonna flick over to my notepad and draw for you a different little concept here that I have. So if you’ve got an existing house, there’s a few different things that we can do. Now, if you’re talking about subdivision, there’s a few different ways that we can tackle that.

Okay, so there is subdivision as in you want to separate into two different tenancies versus subdivision as in separate the title. I’m going to tackle the first one which is subdivide in terms of different tenancies.

So the there’s a bunch of different ways that we can do this for you. We’ll look at this. If you give us a call and book an appointment to speak to one of our consultants and do a preliminary planning assessment. We can do this, but here’s some ideas.

Subdividing A House Into Tenancies

So you’ve got your existing house and, I’ve actually done this, you can put up a fire rated wall. There’s definitely some Building Code of Australia restrictions that you need to work around with that one. So make sure you do it properly and make sure you get approval before you do this. But in theory, you could separate it into a secondary dwelling and a principal dwelling. So this is an attached granny flat or attached secondary dwelling.

The second one is you could do a dual occupancy. There is an advantage to doing a dual occupancy attached with this retrofitted fire rated wall which goes up all the way through the ceiling and all the way through to the roof, plus all the other restrictions you have to do. If you can pull that off with dual occupancy, you’re likely to have a larger square metre reach in say number A than number B. Okay, so that’s a few different ideas.

Then, in a small video I can’t really explain all of that but I did want to share with you also, the idea of boarding houses and there’s other things that we can look out for.

Subdividing to Separate Titles

But presuming you want to actually separate the title, there’s still some ideas that we have for you that we can do if you’ve got an existing house. You can use the dual occupancy provisions, sometimes, but not all the time. And it would take a lot of hard yards, actually, for us to pull it off for you. But we can do it and it has been done many times.

For us to do a dual occupancy subdivision for you, we can separate the title. So that’s just one of a whole bunch of different ideas that our team will talk to you about.

Take the Next Step

If you’re just exploring ideas, then grab a copy of Your Ultimate Guide In Achieving Council Approval. This will go through some very good ideas for you to really develop your thinking of what you want to achieve.

When you think you have it or you are really ready to pay for some advice, we do offer a free consultation by going to councilapproval.com.au and booking in an appointment time slot.

Now, in that free consultation we will then work out a road map for you. So if you’re serious about taking action, then the next step after that would be to do a preliminary planning assessment, where we explore all the different development options for your property.

So if you have a property and you want to take action, please go ahead to councilapproval.com.au.

My name is Colin Fragar. Thanks for joining us and I wish you every success with your project.