These can be seen in Schedule 1 of AHSEPP, which clearly declares that another space for a car to park is not required at a granny flat .
The declaration goes as follows;
“There is no requirement that additional parking spaces be provided in respect of development for the purposes of a secondary dwelling.”
Yet, I suggest you think about whether car parking would be beneficial for your tenants – that is, whether it it will be helpful to the target market for your granny flat.
I recommend you ponder this because, if you are planning on renting the granny flat out, it is something your competition in the market will often fail to think of.
So, dependent on who you are marketing the granny flat towards, they may be more likely to take a fancy to your granny flat if it has car parking.
See sub-heading “Demographic of Blacktown and Surrounding Suburbs, & Who Would Be Your Optimal Tenant?”, where I will elaborate on this.
Are There Council Contributions that Must be Made?
Yes – currently, in Blacktown city, if you are building a granny flat (which are also known as secondary dwellings) on your property, you may be required to pay a contribution to the Council under the Section 7.11 Contributions plan.
As per the plan, at the time of writing this for Blacktown city Council the rates payable are:
1 bedroom = Up to $11, 070.00.
2 bedrooms = Up to $15, 376.00
3 bedrooms = $21,526.00 (capped at $20,000.00).
A bedroom is classified as any room that was deliberately planned to be used as a bedroom, or any room that is able to be modified/used as an independent bedroom (i.e. a study).
*Please note – This list is from the Blacktown City Council’s website and is subject to change. It is to be used as an example only. Your granny flat will be assessed against your Development Application (DA), to establish if your building is subject to Section 7.11 (formerly called Section 94) Contributions.
Land Size Restrictions for a Granny Flat
You can be approved to build a secondary dwelling through the Blacktown City Council by either Complying Development (CDC) or a Development Application (DA).
You can apply for a Development Application and Construction Certificate (CC) together, on the portal here. Just tick the applicable box on the Development Application Checklist, and you can get your DA/CC at the same time.
The LEP is used by the Council to help manage their options for planning in their local government regions. The zoning and permitted uses for the land lets the Council oversee for how the land is used and developed.
If you have any queries regarding the LEP, you can call the Planning Gateway team on (02) 9839 6000, or visit the Civic Centre at 62 Flushcombe Road, Blacktown, where you can also purchase a hard copy.
You can apply for this Certificate on the Council’s website. As well as advising you to any restrictions that that apply to your land, this Certificate will tell you the zoning for your property, which determines what it may be used for.
For more information, contact the Development and Design Directorate on (02) 9839 6000.
The granny flat furnished. Many students do not own furniture. Try to include blinds, heating and cooling, and a washing machine.
A different gateway/driveway. This way, they can enter and leave when they like, and will not bother anyone occupying the primary dwelling.
Their own gas, electricity, and water flow meters. This allows you to break down the prices between the two dwellings, so you can provide split billing.
These additional features in your granny flat will interest students.
You can save money by not adding car parking. Though the Census showed that the average number of cars per household in Blacktown was 1.8, many students do not own cars, catching public transport instead.
As per the SEPP, in Blacktown your granny flat can be approved by either CDC or a DA.
You must meet the standards in the;
Blacktown Development Control Plan 2015.
Blacktown Engineering Guideline and Specification.
Blacktown Local Environmental Plan 2015.
All fees can be seen in the Blacktown City Council’s Goods and Services Pricing which you can search for online.
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