What is the maximum size I can build a garden apartment without obtaining Local Council approval?

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.

What are the requirements for building a Garden Apartment on my block?

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.

Do I have to choose one of your standard designs to put on my block?

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.

Can I build a Garden Apartment in any local government council area?

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.

I already have an old granny flat on my block. Can I still build a garden apartment?

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

Can I still build a garden apartment if I live on a battleaxe block?

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).

Do you custom build the Garden Apartments or are they kit homes?

We build custom designed garden apartments. Everything is constructed onsite using qualified licensed trades people. We are NOT a kit home manufacturer or provider.

Does the Garden Apartment have to be separate from the house or can it be attached?

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.

How long does it take to get approval so we can start building?

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.

How long does the construction process take?

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.