What is the Definition of a Granny Flat?

If you are looking for a way to make some income from your property you might have read about granny flats, but what is the definition of a granny flat?

In this video, Colin Fragar, our founder and CEO, shares the definition of a granny flat and why it’s important to understand.

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Or for those that prefer to read, here is a transcript of the video…

So what’s the definition of a granny flat and what are the things you need to know about getting granny flat approval? My name is Colin Fragar from Council Approval Group.

What is a Granny Flat?

The definition of a granny flat is an important one because it will largely hinge as to whether or not you can achieve the approval that you need for your granny flat. A granny flat fundamentally needs to be secondary to the principal dwelling. It’s on one title of land and that means that we can’t subdivide off the granny flat for you. You need to have the principal dwelling and the secondary dwelling on one title. So that’s the first point.

The second point is that the definition of a granny flat then changes by legislation and by jurisdiction. So if you’re using state based planning, for example in New South Wales, we know the 60 square metre rule. But what you might not know is that there are actually ways for you to get a larger than a 60 square metre granny flat. Yes, it is possible.
Okay, it’s not something that is usually advertised, but you can get larger than a 60 square metre granny flat if you go through the right approval process.

Take the Next Step

So what I would like to do is to invite you to grab something which is a gift to you, something that’s very special. And that is Your Ultimate Guide to Council Approval. This is a 40-page guide on achieving council approval. You can grab your copy from councilapproval.com.au.

Alternatively, if you have a project in mind and you just want to understand, how can I get a granny flat on my property and what are my options, then please give us a call or book in for a consultation with one of our team at councilapproval.com.au. What we’ll do in that consult is three things. We’ll be able to unpack really what you want to achieve. The second thing that we’ll do is to work out what the challenges are. And the third one is that we’ll look at what’s the best path for approval for you.

My name is Colin Fragar from Council Approval Group. Thanks for watching and I wish you every success.