Council Regulations

Granny Flat


Navigating the often complex sea of council regulations, approvals and restrictions can be a nightmare for even the most organised of builders.

There are a few things that need to be checked and approved before a granny flat project can begin. This can include lodging and obtaining development approvals, building approvals, siting relaxations, build over sewer/stormwater applications.

But there’s no need to worry about all that because, at Lifestyle Granny Flats, we take care of it all for you.

We are very proactive and upfront in the management of any applications. While we seldom, if ever, encounter issues with Councils, we will work with you to achieve a design solution or alternative that will be approved.

Here are some FAQs if you’re thinking that a granny flat may be the answer to your space problems.

Are there size restrictions on granny flats?

A: The Brisbane City Council and the surrounding councils including Redlands, Logan, Redcliffe, Moreton Shire, Ipswich and Gold Coast all have separate regulations on maximum sizes for granny flats and other building approval criteria. The good news is that you can build a one or two bedroom granny flat, or possibly larger subject to an individual site assessment.

Do I require rezoning of my property to obtain building approval for a granny flat?

A: No – no rezoning is required for family use purposes and we can advise you of any requirements for using as a rental property.

How do I know if my property is suitable? What are the requirements for building a granny flat on my block?

A: We can assess your site to determine what the best solution is for you that will meet your council’s regulations.

Can you find me a suitable property to build a granny flat on?

A: We are not real estate agents but we can recommend agents who can assist you find suitable sites.

Does the granny flat have to be separate from the house, or can it be attached?

A: Various council policies vary on this point. We can advise you free of charge on this aspect.

Need to know where to start?

Give us a call to find out more about the council regulations involved in your area. We’re happy to help you through the entire granny flat building process, so call us today on (07) 3367 8222.


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