Just like any building project, the construction of a granny flat requires approval from authorities. This is necessary in ensuring that construction will be carried out according to code and will be free from unnecessary hitches.
The granny flat approvals process is simple enough to comply, with especially if you’re working with Modular One Australia and with MOA’s unique yet simplified process — you can be certain of the smoothest accomplishment of the project. To guide you in terms of what you should do to obtain approval to commence building, just follow the instructions below.
- Start off with the Purchase of Certificate 149 which will state conditions that will require you to assess your property carefully.
- The first condition is whether a compliance development can be carried out on your property. If your answer is no, you need to have Modular One Australia help you lodge your development application or DA through the local council, and secure approval after complying with the local council’s Development Control Plan or DCO for secondary dwelling, or after your application is assessed under the Affordable Rental Housing State Environmental Planning Policy or AHSEPP. DA Approval is usually granted after four weeks. You will then have to pay the long service and section 94 fees to the council.
- If your answer to the first condition is yes, the second condition you have to take care of is determining that your property is in major flood condition. If it is, you then will have to turn again to the Modular One Australia process provided in the first point. But if your answer is no to the second condition and Certificate 149 just states that your property is in minor flood zone, then Modular One Australia will arrange for a flood report from their hydraulic engineer.
- Now, if Certificate 149 states that your property is in major bush fire zone, again turn to Modular One Australia’s process. If this isn’t the case, and your property is just in minor fire zone, Modular One Australia will then arrange a bush fire report from council or RFS.
- As for meeting council storm regulations, if Certificate 149 states that your property doesn’t comply with the regulations, Modular One Australia’s aforementioned process will have to be your go-to, yet again. But if your property is able to comply with these regulations, Modular One Australia will be ready to design your granny flat according to your established requirements. It will arrange a survey plan, draft architectural and structural drawings, obtain Basix certification, and arrange Sydney water stamp for sewerage on your property. You then will have to pay the council’s long service levy, as well as the section’s 94 fees. After that, Modular One Australia will secure approval in about 10 days. The construction certificate will then be issued by their private certifier, construction will commence, and in approximately eight weeks, they will have the granny flat ready for you.