Eased planning requirements in Victoria 
the Victorian government has eased planning requirements for granny flats, making it simpler for homeowners to build and utilise these secondary dwellings.

Victoria removes planning requirements for small Granny Flats

Great news for Victoria! Starting December 1, 2023, the Victorian government has eased planning requirements for granny flats, making it simpler for homeowners to build and utilise these secondary dwellings. Here's a breakdown of the recent changes and how Humpy Co, one of the leading granny flat and secondary dwelling builder in Victoria, can help you navigate the process:

1. No Planning Permit for Small Granny Flats: Granny flats under 60 square meters no longer require a planning permit, provided your property exceeds 300 square meters and is free from environmental overlays or flooding. This means less bureaucratic hurdles for you.

2. Usage Flexibility: You now have the freedom to use your granny flat as you wish – house family members, provide temporary housing, or even generate rental income. Humpy Co recognizes the importance of this flexibility in meeting your unique needs.

3. Allan Labor Government Initiative: These changes, introduced by the Allan Labor Government, aim to simplify the granny flat construction process, making it more accessible for homeowners. Humpy Co stays updated on all regulatory changes to ensure a smooth building experience for you.

4. Building Permit Requirements: While planning approval is no longer a concern, obtaining a building permit is still necessary. Humpy Co specializes in securing the required permits, ensuring your granny flat complies with construction and design regulations.

5. Dependent Persons Unit (DPU) Regulations: Humpy Co understands the specific regulations governing DPUs, including the need for self-containment, a separate entrance, and compliance with local council rules. We guide you through these requirements effortlessly.

6. Council Regulations: Humpy Co is well-versed in the varying regulations among councils. We assist you in understanding and meeting specific building codes, setbacks, and guidelines set by your local council.

7. Cost Considerations: We also recognise the cost-saving advantages of DPUs. We can provide insights into cost-effective solutions, ensuring your project stays within budget without compromising quality.

8. Approval Process: Navigating through the approval process can be complex, but Humpy Co is here to simplify it for you. Our expertise expedites the application process and building approval, ensuring your granny flat is compliant.

9. Rental Restrictions: Understanding the legal limitations, we can advise against renting DPUs for additional income outside family use. They ensure your project complies with Victorian laws to avoid fines or removal orders. These don’t apply for secondary dwellings.

10. Resale Value: We acknowledges the potential increase in property value with a well-designed and compliant granny flat. We work with you to create a structure that not only meets your immediate needs but also enhances your property's long-term value.

If you did want to explore this opportunity, Humpy Co is your partner in navigating the evolving landscape of granny flat, secondary dwelling or DPU construction in Victoria. With our expertise, we can supply, install, and manage all necessary approvals, ensuring a seamless experience for you from start to finish. If you want to know more get in touch with the contact button below.

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