Affordable living opportunities are a strong focus of our City Plan. To provide our residents with a variety of housing choices, the City has made it easier and more affordable to develop different types of living options. A secondary dwelling is just one of the many residential choices to cater for our growing population.
A secondary dwelling is a separate living area which is smaller and subordinate to the primary house. A secondary dwelling is commonly known as a granny flat or family accommodation.
If you are building a secondary dwelling house you will need a building approval. Building approvals can be obtained by contacting a private certifier. Please see the private building certifier page for further information.
If your dwelling house (secondary dwelling) does not meet all the relevant development criteria of the City Plan, you may need to lodge a development application.
A development application is not required when you:
For building related matters, you will need to engage a private Building Certifier. Please see the private building certifier page for further information.