Granny Flat QLD Regulations – All You Need to Know
When planning to build a granny flat, you may find yourself confused by the sheer amount of regulations you find. But there is no reason to be discouraged. Here is a summary of the rules for Granny Flats in QLD:
The maximum size allowed for a granny flat in Queensland varies, depending on your local Council. It will be approximately 60 – 90sqm. New changes have recently come into place, allowing you to rent out your granny flat over the three years between 2022-2025, removing the regulation that it must be occupied by a ‘member of your household’.
Today, I will discuss the rules for a granny flat in QLD.
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I will advise you of the costs to build a granny flat in Queensland and the changes on renting out a granny flat.
I will talk about the regulations on the Sunshine Coast and the regulations on the Gold Coast and lastly, I will provide you a list of granny flat builders in Brisbane.
Understanding the QLD rules below will save you time and money
So as long as you gained Council approval, and your granny flat did not require planning approval or does not have conditions about its occupancy, the regulations have changed. There are no longer restrictions on who you can rent it out to.
These will give you advice on the type of agreement you would need, as this is dependent on the type of accommodation you are providing.
If your granny flat did have conditions that placed a restriction on its occupancy, you can still look into whether you are able to rent it out. The Planning Act 2016 will run you through this process, on how you make a ‘change to the application’, to change the conditions, after approval has been given.
You can also choose to talk to your local Council and get their advice on changing the conditions, and then being able to rent out to whoever you like.
One thing that all Queenslanders will need to do, before renting out your granny flat, regardless of what type of approval you were given, is check if you need to do any extra building works that need approval, especially in regard to fire safety.
You may also find that rules on who the tenants of the granny flat are allowed to be will vary between Councils, so it is always a wise idea to contact your local Council first and ask them who the renter is allowed to be, prior to planning on renting out.
Please note also, this is current information. These changes are going to be assessed again by the Government in 3 years from 2022.
Whilst it once also required it to be occupied by a member of the same household, this changed in the last few years, and now you are able to rent out granny flats in Queensland over the three years from 2022-2025 to your choice of person/s.
Some Councils’ will allow you to build a granny flat up to 90sqm without lodging a DA. In other areas, if you wish to build a granny flat that is larger than 80sqm, you can try speaking with your local Council and submitting a DA.
You may be surprised where lodging a DA will get you. Please do not let the regulations surrounding building a granny flat deter you.
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