Sometimes you just want more space in your home. You may want room for family to stay over, a space for kids to grow up in, or you need extra room for a home business. But making additions to your current property can be costly, time-consuming, or just not possible given the current layout and size of your home.
So if you’ve got the space available on your block, building a secondary dwelling can be a great idea to get the extra space for your property.
The good news is that, for the most part, building a secondary dwelling on your property doesn’t require a Development Approval from your local Council. If your new secondary dwelling meets the following requirements, you may be able to apply for a Complying Development Certificate (CDC) instead, which can fast-track the process.
- Your property must meet all current size, height, and internal space regulations as stated by your local Council and the State Environment Planning Policy
- Your property must be zoned as a residential property
- A maximum of one secondary dwelling is allowed per lot
- In general, your existing dwelling must maintain a specific width at the building line, as determined by your local Council. (If your property doesn’t meet this requirement, you may apply for an attached secondary dwelling)
- It must meet all minimum front and side setback requirements
- If there are any large trees on your property (6m or taller) your secondary dwelling must maintain a suitable distance away from these existing trees
At CIVAC, we take the headache out of managing the requirements to receive CDC approval for your secondary dwelling. We partner with you to ensure you’re able to go ahead with your new addition, and handle all the paperwork to make it as seamless as possible.
Here’s how we do it.