Is a Granny Flat in the Front Yard Permitted?

Are you wondering if you can put a granny flat in the front yard? Maybe you just need to know all of your options.

In this video, Colin Fragar, our founder and CEO, answers that question and shares his advice regarding granny flats.

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So is a granny flat in a front yard permitted? My name is Colin Fragar from Council Approval Group. The answer is generally no. Generally a granny flat needs to be beside or behind or underneath or on top of an existing dwelling.
It does very much depend on the jurisdiction that you’re in, so it’s very important to get the right advice up front.

Get the Right Advice on a Granny Flat in the Front Yard

It’s hard to speak specifics in a generic video. However, I would challenge you to think that perhaps there is a way to do it in the front yard. I have seen it done. What it did involve was to convert the existing house at the back, it was a very small house, and that became effectively the secondary dwelling. And then I built the primary dwelling in the front. There’s a few tips and tricks that we can go through.

And what I recommend is that you grab a copy of Your Ultimate Guide to Council Approval. It’s a magazine we’ve put together and it goes through a whole bunch of different ideas about the council approval process, and really is designed to take some of that uncertainty out of the process for you. If you put in your contact details at, we’ll send it to you free of charge.

Are You Ready to Take the Next Step?

Also, if you do have a particular property in mind, you’re probably thinking about the development options. If you’re thinking about a granny flat in the front yard, maybe there’s something better we can do for you. If you’d like to book in for a consultation to speak to one of our team and you do have some questions in mind, we’d love to speak to you. We won’t be able to be able to answer all of your questions in that free 30-minute consultation, but what we will do is to unpack what you want to achieve, develop a clear strategy going forward for you and a recommended first step.

So I wish you all the best as you prepare for what is probably an exciting time in your future as you seek to to secure that financial security that you want through a granny flat. My name is Colin Fragar from Council Approval Group.