Questions & Answers

Granny Flat Information that will help answer some of your questions prior to building a granny flat in NSW.

Below you will find a list of the most common questions and answers that people ask about building granny flat’s in NSW. Whether you are building a granny flat for the purpose of investment or for personal reasons, this list of granny flat information should provide you with a little more knowledge  before building. We hope that by providing this granny flat information, we will be helping you to make more informed decisions before getting started with your granny flat project.

How long does the construction process take?

If your granny flat project is built using the modular panel system, the construction should only take around 4 to 5 weeks to build a 1 bed and around 5 to six weeks for a 2 bed. However, there is a fair amount of paperwork that needs to be done prior to building in order to gain the Building Approval/Construction Certificate. Architectural and Engineering plans need to be completed as well as BASIX reports ect. These are all of the things that Versatile Granny Flats can help you with.

Do we have to go through our local council for approval, or can it be done through a Private Certifier?

If your site is in full compliance with the SEPP (see information on our compliance page), then we will will asset you to apply through a Private Certifier. If there are some elements of your site which do not comply with the SEPP, then you will need to lodge a DA through your local council. Either way, this is a process which Versatile Granny Flats can assist you with.

If you are eligible to go through a Private Certifier, the process will be a lot faster and will cost less. For this reason, wherever possible, we encourage Clients to use this system rather than doing a DA.


How long will it take to get approval before we can start building?

Depending on whether your site complies with the SEPP, it could be as quick as 10 days through a Private Certifier, or if it does need to go to Council, then it could take approximately 6 -8 weeks for approval (sometimes longer).

Please be aware that many sites on the internet advertise ’10 Day Approval’ however what they don’t mention is the fact that there is a lot of work to do prior to being able to apply for Building Approval even when using a Private Certifier. Architectural plans, engineering drawings and BASIX reports have to be provided, along with a lot of other documentation. This is a process that Versatile Granny Flats can help with.

We need a granny flat that will be wheel chair compliant. Can you assist us with this?

Some of our designs can be modified to comply with Australian Standard 1428.1-2009. Alternatively, we are also happy to individually design a plan for you. We have built granny flats allowing for disabled access and also Eco cottages in holiday resorts. All of our Canberra projects have to be built allowing for wheelchair access, so this is not new to us and we love the idea of everyone enjoying a Versatile Granny Flat.


Do I get a say in the colours and finishes of my home?

Absolutely. We have a large range of colours and materials for you to choose from to suit your lifestyle. Everything about your new Versatile Granny Flat comes down to your choice. Even within the base prices advertised on this web site, there are still many choices for colour’s and materials both internally and externally.


Do I have to choose one of your standard designs to put on my block?

Certainly not. We can customise a design to suit your block and your needs. If you do not see a design you like, please feel free to ask for a custom design. We are always updating our designs, so chances are you will find something you like. The main reason that we offer a FREE Site Inspection is so that we are able to design a plan that is perfectly suited to your needs, the site and your budget.


Does the granny flat have to be separate from the house, or can it be attached?

We can build it either attached or detached from the main house. Keep in mind that in some circumstances, it may actually be cheaper to build it as a separate structure. We offer a FREE Site Inspection so that we can provide you with all of the information that you require to make an informed decision about which would be a more suitable option for your project.


I live on a battle axed block. Can I still build a granny flat?

Only if the access laneway to your block is wider than 3m, and the block measures at least 12m x 12m (excluding the access lane way). We are happy to do a FREE Site Inspection so that we are able to provide you with some information that will assist in making the decision for you.


I already have an old granny flat on my block. Can I still build another granny flat?

No. The SEPP only allows you to build one granny flat per lot. However you may be able to do an extension to your home and Versatile Granny Flats are able to offer you a FREE Site Inspection so that we can provide whatever information you require to make this decision.


Do you custom build the granny flats, or are they kit homes?

Both. We are able to deliver kit homes Australia-wide, however it is our preference to assist our Clients with the entire building process in which case we custom build the granny flat for and then make arrangements to have it built on their site by a fully licensed and insured builder.

Can I build a granny flat in any local government council area?

Generally speaking, the answer is Yes. However, you will need to check with your local council to see if there are any restrictions which may prevent a granny flat being built on your block. This can usually be identified by purchasing a Section 149(2) Planning Certificate from your local council, which usually costs around $53.


What is the maximum size I can build my granny flat?

The maximum size is 60 square metres of internal living space. However, if you utilise open decking (under the main roof) and have room to do so, you are able to increase the footprint of the building. Give us a call and ask us how?


What are the requirements for building a granny flat on my block?

There are a number of guidelines which you must comply with in order to determine if a granny flat can be built on your block. The current legislation is called the Affordable Rental Housing State Environmental Planning Policy 2009, otherwise known as the ‘SEPP’ (see our guidelines page). Please feel welcome to give us a call for further information.



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