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+ Can I build a granny flat on my property?

Granny flats are permissible on land zoning R1 to R5.  The minimum lot size must be greater than 450sqm. Contact us for more information.

+ Is it hard to get approval for a granny flat?

Not usually. Our expert team takes care of everything, submitting and guiding your DA from lodgement to approval.

+ How long does it take to get the necessary approvals?

The time needed for council approval varies from council to council. In some councils on the north coast, we can get DAs approved in 6-8 weeks from lodgement, others may take longer. Talk to us about our experience with your local council to get a good estimate of approval times.

+ What’s the difference between a granny flat and a small home?

Granny flats must follow the guidelines outlined in the NSW Government’s State Environment Planning Policy (Affordable Rental Housing) 2009, the most important being that a granny flat must not exceed 60m2 of internal living space. Small homes are by definition small, but they are not bound by the 60m2 internal space limitations.

+ Can I build on bush fire prone land?

The short answer is usually yes. However some restrictions do apply and in some cases you may require different materials, construction and even approval methods.

+ Can I build on flood affected land?

Again, the answer is usually yes. However some restrictions do apply and in some cases you may require different materials, construction and even approval methods.

+ Can I rent my granny flat as an investment?

Absolutely! Building a granny flat in the backyard of your home or existing investment property is a low risk, high return investment opportunity. Your granny flat can be rented on a long term basis or as a holiday rental. See here for more information on estimated returns.

+ Are your granny flats kit homes? / Can your homes be transported?

No. All granny flats and small homes are built on site using the highest quality materials and workmanship.

+ Am I limited to your existing range of designs?

No. You can customise any design to make it completely your own. Personalise the fittings and finishes or adapt the structure and layout to suit the way you choose to live your life. You can even bring us your own plans and we will work with you to realise your design ideas.

+ Can a granny flat be attached to my existing house?

Yes. Although there needs to be a 1.8 mtr separation to comply with fire regulations. Ask us for more details.

+ Do you provide separate meters for water and electricity?


+ How long does it take to build a granny flat or small home?

Complete construction of your granny flat or small home usually takes 12-14 weeks from start of construction. See here for more information on the building process.

+ Can I build a small home on my current land title as dual occupancy?

Yes. Usually on rural zones only. Contact us to discuss your individual details.

+ Do you build to National Disability Insurance (NDIS) approved standards?

All of East Coast Granny Flats & Small Homes disability housing solutions can be designed to comply with the Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) guidelines, codes and requirements of the NDIS. So you can be confident that our homes meet or exceed the toughest standards and will be suitable for your needs.

+ What warranties or guarantees do you offer?

All our warranties are aligned to the NSW Home Building Act & NSW Department of Fair Trading guidelines.

+ How does a person apply for approval for a secondary dwelling?

A Development Application must be submitted to council. Our team will handle this for you.

+ Are secondary dwellings permissible in rural zones?

The State Environment Planning Policy (Affordable Rental Housing) 2009 provisions for secondary dwellings do not apply to rural zones. Secondary dwellings may be permitted under the council’s LEP in these zones, but this will need to be checked with your relevant council.

+ Will this cause overshadowing or loss of privacy?

The height limit is the same as for dwelling houses under the State Environment Planning Policy (Affordable Rental Housing) 2009 also has setback provisions which are the same as the Housing Code to minimise impacts like overshadowing and loss of privacy.

+ Do the other local council planning controls continue to apply?

If the State Environment Planning Policy (Affordable Rental Housing) 2009 does not explicitly override council planning, then the local council planning control continues to apply.

+ What happens if there is a conflict between the controls in the local environmental plan (LEP) and AHSEPP?

If there is an inconsistency between the State Environment Planning Policy (Affordable Rental Housing) 2009 and the relevant council’s LEP, the provisions of the AHSEPP will override those in an LEP to the extent of the inconsistency.

+ Do section 94 development contributions apply?

The State Environment Planning Policy (Affordable Rental Housing) 2009 does not affect the levying of development contributions under section 94 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979. Some councils apply Section 94 Contributions and some don’t. Contact us to discuss your local council policy for Contributions.

+ Are dwellings approved under the AHSEPP exempt for bushfire or flood planning requirements?

No, the State Environment Planning Policy (Affordable Rental Housing) 2009 does not override bushfire or flood planning requirements.

What People Say

"Thank you for our excellent experience in dealing with East Coast Granny Flats. I would give you 5 stars in communication, information and execution of the actual build. Brian as supervisor and his great team were fast, accommodating of our... Read more"

Julianne & Paul, Coffs Harbour

"East Coast Granny Flats organised the demolition of unwanted garage, design of granny flat on the block, submitted plans to council, all other council applications and requirements, new service connections and used 1st class professional tradesmen, at a affordable price... Read more"

Tim & Julia

"Throughout the process of my building my parents granny flat. From council through to the cleaners and the A team of tradies on the Mid North Coast, nothing was ever an issue. Thank you for valuing your elders; they sure... Read more"

Ivan & Michelle

"Our dream has become a reality thanks to your amazing team.  We are delighted with the outcome and are so thankful for your patience and professional care each step of the way.  We wish ECGF every success in the future... Read more"

Michelle & Tim, Boambee

"Thank you for the splendid job you have completed. East Coast Granny Flats have done a great and professional job. I have no hesitation in recommending East Coast Granny Flats to others seeking to carry out such work. Again, thank... Read more"

Domenic & Lisa

"From the first contact right through the entire build and continued after the build we have found East Coast Granny Flats to be respectful and supportive with an understanding that this is my 84 year old mother’s home, not just... Read more"


"Everything has been easy and straight forward from the very beginning and ECGF are to be commended for such a high end result. The granny flat was rented after a couple of days on the market with an excellent annual... Read more"

Brett & Toni

"From the initial contact through to the finished product, I was made to feel it was all about me. I was the customer and everyone at East Coast worked tirelessly to ensure my requirements were met. The original purchase, the... Read more"


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