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Secondary Dwelling

Secondary Dwelling

Here Are Some of the Issues You’ll Face…

Secondary Dwelling

If you’re feeling overwhelmed or drowning in endless paperwork and compliance, you’re not alone. The planning system is complex and can be frustrating for homeowners.

Putting together a Secondary Dwelling application can be extremely hard and tiring and dealing with council can be a nightmare, not to mention the whole process can be very expensive in both time and money. Plus, we’re pretty sure, you have better things to do… That’s where we fit in!

It’s what we do, all day, everyday. With a team of 10+ highly knowledgeable and experienced town planners, property consultants, registered architect and draftsman we’re pretty good at what we do.

What Rules Do I Need to Comply With?

Having worked on hundreds of Secondary Dwelling projects over the past 25 years common compliance rules and questions to consider are:


Defining your secondary dwelling – Granny and cat want to come and live with you, and you have a brilliant idea about a new Secondary Dwelling that could go in the back yard. However, you discover there are other types of housing which could also constitute a Secondary Dwelling, and you are unsure which would be the best approach and whether there are any restrictions in placing a second dwelling on your land. What are the rules and regulations for putting in a second dwelling? Will the council allow this?


Do secondary dwelling need consent – Through your research on Secondary Dwelling, you discover these are also referred to as Secondary Dwellings. You also discover you may not need to apply for a development application with the council, and you might only need a complying development certificate. Where do you find the information which will advise on whether a secondary dwelling can be built without a development application? What are the rules that need to be met?


State and local rules – You lodge your development application for a Secondary Dwelling which will be attached to the main house. However, the council says your 450 m² site is too small and you don’t have enough parking provided. You want to challenge the council on these points but are not sure whether you have any grounds to challenge, and are uncertain about the laws relating to Secondary Dwelling. These are issues that you may need some assistance on, especially when there are both local and state planning rules for secondary dwelling developments.

Secondary Dwelling

And Here’s How We Can Help…

Secondary Dwelling

We understand that getting to the point of having the right approval for your Secondary Dwelling is not an easy journey. It’s one that needs the best experience the industry has to offer. That’s why we’re here to help… We’d love to make your council approval journey for a Secondary Dwelling simple and as pain free as possible.

We’ve worked on hundreds of Secondary Dwelling projects and have dedicated town planners and designers that specialise in this type of development application.

You can glean from the wisdom we’ve gained from all of our past projects. 25 years of being in the industry and our 50 consecutive years of experience has taught us a few things.

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They saved me when I was in trouble with council. From the beginning till the very end they helped me through the journey. They were always in it to get me the best result. It’s daunting having to deal with council, but I can now say don’t worry because there is Council Approval Group

Johnny Kim

Colin and the team at The Council Approval Group are always honest and ready to assist with our development questions. Highly recommend you chat with them prior to your next development application. Could potentially save you tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars!!

Anthony Simon, Entrepreneur and Business Owner

Just Some of Our 12,689 Projects to Date...


We understand & we have all the answers you need...

Based on our 25 year history, we have a 98% success rate in achieving council approval. Of course this is based on following our proven systems and our 7 step formula. The key? Our Preliminary Planning Assessment, inclusive of your personal Project Strategy Session.

To get that success rate it has only come after helping over 12,000 people. We’ve worked hard to smooth out all the kinks before they appear by carrying out this Preliminary Planning Assessment (PPA) on your property. It works a treat, especially for what it can do for you, the journey of the project and its future.

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We could make up a fantasied timeframe to wow you, but to be straight up the length of getting an approval is dependent on the project development type, the local council, who examines your application within council, location of the property within the local council and on the property itself, and the list goes on. The approval process will no doubt take longer than you expect because we are dealing with administrative red tape.

But what our team has done has studied the 12,000+ applications we have been involved in and analysed the 300+ flight years of team council approval experience to create a formidable system.

So to answer the question, how long does it take for us to get council approval? The fastest in our industry.

We have over 20 team members lead by our founder Max Fragar with his 50 consecutive years of town planning and council approval knowledge. The team is made up of skilled town planners, property consultants and designers that we have hand picked to work on your project. It turns out that we’ve had over 300 collective years of experience working and dealing with local government councils.

What does this mean for you? One word, streamline. We know how to talk the council lingo, can perceive even predict the ins and outs of those council hoops of fire, and understand the nitty gritty to work tirelessly to achieve the best outcomes for our clients and their projects.

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Over the last 25 years we’ve been able to perfect our service and systems throughout NSW. And we’re excited to share with you that we’re almost ready to start offering our services to those in other states.

Hold tight, Australia wide coming soon.

Get ready, this could be the best decision you’ll make in the lifetime of your property portfolio.

If you’re looking at a property or already own one and you’re serious about making the property work harder for you, the next step is to book a free 30 minute consultation to speak to one of our property consultants.

In this initial discussion you’ll help us to understand the seriousness of your intent about moving forward with your property plans and to see if we’re the right fit for each other.

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