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GRANNY FLATS RULES AND REGULATIONS IN LOGAN

This article continues our discussion on the rules and regulations for granny flats and dual occupancy developments in each Council throughout southeast Queensland and northern New South Wales.  Our team at Granny and Co have been working closely with Marc Joyce Town Planning to provide this information and will update this section again in the near future but in the meantime call us if you need clarification.

Logan City Council’s requirements for granny flats are set out in the Logan Planning Scheme

Logan actually has 3 distinct development options: secondary dwellings plus two different type of dual occupancy. To keep it simple, a secondary dwelling is meant for family use. If you want to rent out your granny flat then it becomes a dual occupancy… and you will have to pay a levy to Council.

The typical size limit for granny flats (secondary dwellings and dual occupancy: auxiliary) in Logan is 70m2 which this is enough for a very comfortable 2 bedroom solution… you may be permitted to build up to 100m2 if the size of your lot is more than 1000m2, which is basically a small home.

Here’s a link to a great checklist on Council’s website that helps to clarify the rules and regulations for building granny flats and dual occupancy developments in Logan Council’s catchment… but to make things easier we’ve summarised the main points below. 

GRANNY FLAT CHECKLIST (LCC)

  • Granny flat definition: “secondary dwelling”
  • Permitted land zone: All residential zones
  • Self-assessible? Yes, provided there aren’t any significant development constraints
  • Maximum size: 70m2 GFA on lots less than 1000m2, on larger lots you can build up to 100m2 (GFA is measured around the outside of the granny flat walls… excludes Patios, Decks, Carports, etc)
  • Maximum overall site coverage / footprint on your site? 50%
  • Maximum distance from the primary dwelling: typically 20m
  • Does it need to be located behind the primary dwelling? Yes, Logan are quite particular about the granny flat being subordinate to the main house
  • Is there a minimum lot size (frontage)? 450m2 with 15m wide frontage
  • What are the required boundary setbacks? As per the Queensland Development Code
  • What are the total number of car spaces required? This varies, 2+0
  • Can I rent out my granny flat to someone outside of my household group? Not permitted for secondary dwellings but its ok if you have dual occupancy approval
  • Do infrastructure contributions / levies apply? Not for secondary dwellings (yes for dual occupancy)

 

DUAL OCCUPANCY CHECKLIST: “AUXILIARY UNITS” (LCC)

  • Granny flat / house definition: “dual occupancy (auxiliary)”
  • Permitted land zone: All residential zones
  • Self-assessible? Yes
  • Maximum size: N/A
  • Maximum overall site coverage / footprint on your site? 50%
  • Maximum distance from the primary dwelling: 20m
  • Does it need to be located behind the primary dwelling? Yes
  • Is there a minimum lot size (frontage)? 450m2 with 15m wide frontage
  • What are the required boundary setbacks? As per the Queensland Development Code
  • What are the total number of car spaces required?  2+3 (yes, that’s 5 spaces!)
  • Can I rent out my granny flat to someone outside of my household group? Yes
  • Do infrastructure contributions / levies apply? Yes

 

DUAL OCCUPANCY CHECKLIST: (LCC)

  • Granny flat / house definition: “dual occupancy”
  • Permitted land zone: All residential zones
  • Self-assessible? No, it’s code assessible which means you’ll need development approval
  • Maximum size: N/A
  • Maximum overall site coverage / footprint on your site? 50%
  • Maximum distance from the primary dwelling: N/A
  • Does it need to be located behind the primary dwelling? N/A
  • Is there a minimum lot size (frontage)?  As per the “dwelling density” for your particular land zone
  • What are the required boundary setbacks? As per the Queensland Development Code
  • What are the total number of car spaces required? This varies, 2+2
  • Can I rent out my granny flat to someone outside of my household group? Yes
  • Do infrastructure contributions / levies apply? Yes

Source: Logan Council’s website

Keep in mind that these are only applicable to properties within the Logan City Council’s catchment, so make sure to double-check your Council’s rules and regulations if your property falls outside of this catchment.

A LOGAN GRANNY FLAT!

This 2 bedroom granny flat was built for an investor in Daisy Hill who wanted maximum rental return and an improved property value.

A very liveable 70m2 design was created by our Architects who also specified economical and low-maintenance durable finishes throughout. The main challenges were providing privacy and ensuring good natural light and cross-ventilation, this was achieved via careful sizing and placement of doors and windows and will be further improved via landscaping (construction images shown).

The interior features an open plan living area with low-voc vinyl flooring, a custom designed kitchen with a laundry facility and tons of extra storage, a simple but beautiful bathroom and two bedrooms that are big enough for queens size beds plus bedside tables, both also have built-in wardrobes.

At 70m2 GFA plus 20m2 of Patio space this is a very comfortable small home solution. At Granny and Co Homes all of our designs are customised to take advantage of the size restrictions and with the aim of  creating efficient plans that minimise wasted space. 

Alternative design: check out the Premier.

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