FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS…
Below is a list of the most asked questions and their answers. Please take a minute to review them before writing to us.
Maybe you will find what you are looking for. Also, this will give a better understanding of how things work around here.
What is a granny flat?
A granny flat is a small, secondary dwelling placed on the existing property of a principal residence, and remaining under the ownership and titles of the main property.
DOES THE INITIAL CONSULTATION COST ANYTHING?
No, we offer obligation free quotes.
What are the requirements for building a granny flat on my block?
There are a number of guidelines which you must comply with in order to determine if a granny flat can be built on your block. The current legislation is called the Affordable Rental Housing State Environmental Planning Policy 2009, otherwise known as the ‘SEPP’.
How large can my granny flat be?
The maximum size is 60 square meters.
DO I HAVE TO DO ANYTHING MYSELF TO GET THE GRANNY FLAT APPROVED?
No, we can manage the entire process from Design, Approval and Build.
Are you a Licensed Builder with Insurance or Granny Flat Marketing Company?
We are professional builders with all Insurances – Builders License number: 289146C.
Can I build a granny flat in any local government council area?
Generally speaking, the answer is – Yes. However, you will need to check with your local council to see if there are any restrictions which may prevent a granny flat being built on your block. This can usually be identified by purchasing a Section 149(2)(5) Planning Certificate from your local council, which costs $153.
I already have an old granny flat on my block. Can I still build another granny flat?
No. The SEPP only allows you to build one granny flat per lot.
How big does my block have to be?
While the SEPP states a minimum lot size of 450m2, different council areas have their own guidelines as to minimum block sizes, and ratios between built upon area and open space, which need to be met.
Can a granny flat be attached to the existing house, or does it need to be separate?
Granny flat dwellings can be attached to the main property, or separate from it.
I live on a battle axed block. Can I still build a granny flat?
Only if the access laneway to your block is wider than 3m, and the block measures at least 12m x 12m (excluding the access laneway).
I HAVE MY OWN PLANS, CAN YOU BUILD IT?
Yes, we can offer you an obligation free quotation.
How long will the approval process take?
If your site complies with the Affordable Rental Housing State Environmental Planning Policy (2009) – otherwise known as a SEPP, your project can be lodged as a Complying Development Application, and you can expect approval within 20 to 30 days from lodgment. If your site is in a heritage, bushfire, flood, conservation or acid-Sulphate soil area, or there are other factors relating to your site your granny flat may need to be approved by your local council, and approval may take up to 8 to 10 weeks.
DO YOU OFFER ANY WARRANTIES OR GUARANTEES?
Yes, we offer 7 year structural warranty.
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED?
Any bond payments to council and any Section 94 Contributions.
ARE SITE COSTS AND SERVICE CONNECTIONS INCLUDED?
Yes. Our standard pricing includes all relevant site costs and 10 meters service connections including, Water, Sewer, Power, Telecommunications as well as Gas if nominated.
How long does the construction process take?
Generally, it should take no more than 10 to 12 weeks for completion, subject to weather and other unforeseen circumstances.
How do I go about getting a granny flat?
Call Hills Developments for a FREE CONSULTATION AND OBLIGATION FREE QUOTATION