Gold Coast City Council Regulations For Granny Flats
Gold Coasters rejoice! We have some great news for you…
Like us, the Gold Coast City Council (GCCC) are passionate about creating affordable living solutions for residents with a variety of housing choices. GCCC makes it easy and affordable for Gold Coast homeowners to develop second dwelling on their property – meaning, the Gold Coast City Council are pro granny flats and small homes.
So what is a secondary dwelling?
How can I start my additional home journey today?
Firstly you’ll need to find out Council’s requirements on adding a secondary dwelling to your specific property. Sometimes you need a development approval (DA), but in many cases you do NOT.
Submitting planning applications for a DA to the Gold Coast City Council is not required when you:
- Are located in a residential zone (you can ask our team more about whether or not you qualify!)
- Meet the self-assessable development criteria in the Secondary Dwelling Code.
If your secondary dwelling does not meet all the relevant development criteria, you may need to lodge a planning application (DA).
Before you get too caught up in the thought of having to go through the Council, let’s have a chat to discuss your goals and vision. We understand the Council requirements and can help you.
When is a planning application (DA) not required?
The Gold Coast City Council have developed a number of criteria and when these are met, the process of building your very own granny flat, or shack, becomes ‘self-assessable’, meaning you do not need a DA, which can save you thousands of dollars and weeks of time!
- When your secondary dwelling uses the existing driveway
- When your secondary dwelling is built using the same materials as your primary property, or in a similar design context to your primary house
- If your secondary dwelling does not exceed a 80m2 in size – but great news! This does not include a balcony or deck (and with that stunning Gold Coast weather we’re sure you’ll want to utilise the outdoors in your design)
The Council also has requirements for:
- Location of your secondary dwelling in relation to the primary house and
- Minimum setbacks (clearances) from your property boundaries.
- Mapping overlays that may affect your property such as bushfire, landslide and
flood prone areas, and also regions rich in biodiversity regions.
- What you would like to use the secondary dwelling for.
There’s no better time than now to start planning the next step for unleashing the value of your property.
Get in touch with the team at Funky Little Shack and we’d love to help you walk this exciting journey – creating a space that’s entirely tailored to you and your needs, and a space that will complement your existing dwelling.
Are you in a different Council?
Not all Councils are the same, they may have different requirements. We deal with
several Councils in South East Queensland region. Contact us today and we’ll walk
you through your specific Council’s requirements.