Basic Guidelines

The following are the 10 basic guidelines for the granny flat approval process:

1. Site Requirements

Size: Minimum 450 m2 lot size and maximum 60sq/m living area

Width: Minimum 12m wide as measured at the building line (this means the width of the block where the granny flat will be built.

2. Maximum Floor Space

330 m2: For lots at least 450 square meters but less than 600 square meters.

380 m2: For lots at least 600 square meters but less than 900 square meters.

430 m2: For lots at least 900 square meters.

3. Rear Setback

Minimum 3m from rear boundary if lot is less than 900 m2, otherwise 5m.

4. Side Setback

Minimum 0.9m from the nearest side boundary if lot is less than 900 m2, otherwise 1.5m.

5. Front Setback

Average distance of setbacks of the 2 nearest dwellings

6. Other Setback

Minimum 1.8m between the main dwelling and the granny flat.

7. Maximum Height

3.8m as measured from the lowest natural ground level to the ridge level.

8. Landscaping

20-25% minimum turf or gardens, depending on property size, calculated AFTER Approval. 50% of the minimum landscaped area must be behind the main dwelling.

9. Maximum Excavation

Cut and fill up to a maximum of 1m.

10. Roof-water Drainage Requirement

All stormwater from the new granny flat must be conveyed to either:

a) a public drainage system (the existing gravity-fed system to the street kerb), or

b) an inter-allotment drainage system (a registered Drainage Easement), or

c) an on-site disposal system (we must construct a ‘Rubble Pit’ in the rear yard.

  • Creative living built a granny flay for us several weeks ago. Their quote was very reasonable and granny flat was well built. Creative Living were very honest and approachable at all times. Their standard pf workmanship was high. A very well done job by decent people. We are very happy with the end result and dealing with Creative Living Granny Flats and we highly recommend them to all who want a good job.

    Jai Shankar-Blacktown
  • I found Peter's team to be professional in their approach. It was obvious from the outset that they are highly experienced builders. The work and level of finishes was of a high standard and the price was extremely competitive. The build was a hassle free, enjoyable experience. I highly recommend Creative Living to anyone wanting to build a granny flat.

    Valda Coughlan-Smithfield
  • Creative Living built a granny flat for me at Blacktown about two months ago. Peter and his team took care of the whole process. He and Alex are very friendly and pleasant people, easy to get along with. The granny flat was extremely well built, in fact they exceeded our expectations. The granny flat was rented out almost immediately. I have no hesitation in recommending Creative Living.

    Anu RAI-Blacktown