The maximum size is 60m2 of liveable floor area. This does not include the alfresco, carports and patios. These are allowed in addition to the 60m2.
There are a number of guidelines which you must comply with in order to determine if a garden apartment 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’. To check if your block complies, simply contact us.
No. We offer guidance in design but always personalise our apartments to your needs. If you do not see a design you like, please feel free to ask for a custom design.
Generally the answer is Yes for most Local Government areas. The State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP) requires a block to be minimum size of 450 square meters to qualify for building a Garden Apartment without Council approval. However, if you have a rural property you may not be exempt from obtaining Council approval. You will need to check with your local council to see if there are any restrictions which may not allow a Garden Apartment to be built on your block.
This can usually be determined by purchasing a Section 149(2) Planning Certificate from your Local Council. We can assist in obtaining this and determining council requirements.
No. Unfortunately, the SEPP only allows you to build one garden apartment/granny flat per lot. We can assist you in locating a new home / investment site for your garden apartment
Yes. The access lane way to your block needs to be wider than 3m, and the block measures at least 12m x 12m (not including the access lane way).
We build custom designed garden apartments. Everything is constructed onsite using qualified licensed trades people. We are NOT a kit home manufacturer or provider.
It can be built in either attached or detached from the main house. In some circumstances it may be less expensive to build it as a separate structure so as not to interfere with the existing house.
Generally our designs comply with the SEPP in which case they are as quick as 10 days through our Professional Private Building Certifiers. If your site does not comply and needs to go to council then it could take 6 -8 weeks for approval
Do we have to go through our local council for approval or can it be done through a Private Building Certifier?
If your site complies with the SEPP then we will apply through our private certifiers. If there are some elements of your site which do not comply with the SEPP then we will need to lodge a DA through your local council. We handle all of this on your behalf, unless you want to do this yourself.
Generally, it should take no more than 10 weeks for completion, subject to weather and any out of the ordinary site conditions.
Common Questions for Next Generation Homes
We want to ensure building your investment home is a transparent process with no hidden surprises. Here are answers to some common questions. If you have additional questions, we’d be happy to answer them. Simply contact us here or by calling 1800 267 222.