What is a Secondary Dwelling?

Do you want to know what is a secondary dwelling? This video will provide an overview of this development and valuable resources for you.

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So what is a secondary dwelling? And what do you need to know about them? My name is Colin Fragar from Council Approval Group.

I’d like to actually illustrate this on my iPad. I’d like to draw the diagram for you about the different types of secondary dwellings and perhaps expand your mind and your vision about what’s achievable. But before I do that, I just want to share with you Your Ultimate Guide to Council Approval. Make sure you grab your free copy right now from our website because we will put one in the post for you. It goes through some of these things that we’re discussing and will really help you to get thinking about not just secondary dwellings, but other development types.

Secondary Dwelling Rules

So secondary dwellings have slightly different rules depending on the jurisdiction, but the concept overall is that a secondary dwelling is ancillary to a principal dwelling. It can’t be on a separate piece of land. It needs to be on the same land and be ancillary to the principal dwelling. So here’s a few examples for you.

Detached Secondary Dwelling

So a kind of run of the mill concept for a secondary dwelling is to have the principal dwelling, we call it P for principal, with the secondary dwelling behind, we’ll call it S. Okay, so you’ve got a secondary dwelling behind and it’s detached.

Attached Secondary Dwelling

You can also have ones which are attached which may be an advantage if you don’t have as much space and you also want to maybe have a little bit more space for the secondary dwelling itself. Or maybe there’s some car parking or some turning issues that you might have as well.

Please keep in mind, and people often don’t think about this, maybe there is an option to have the secondary dwelling underneath the principal dwelling. You have it underneath in your basement. Or another alternative is, of course, to have it on top and the principal dwelling down below. I have one of these myself, personally.

Get Expert Advice

So there’s a few different options there. Plus, also being able to convert maybe a garage, but please make sure you do the right thing and please get the right advice early on. We’d love to be able to explore what you want to achieve and to package in the thousands of projects that we’ve done, the library worth of knowledge and mistakes and also wins that we’ve had and mistakes that clients have made, and bring that all together so that you can benefit from those experiences.

…make sure you do the right thing and please get the right advice early on.

So if you’d like to be able to do that, please book in for your 30-minute consultation with one of our team. What we’ll do is we’ll go through with you what you want to achieve, what the challenges are that you’re facing, and then create a clear roadmap for you going forward. So make sure you do that right now. Book in for your consultation.

My name is Colin Fragar from Council Approval Group.