Order an obligation-free Onsite Planning Report

Onsite Planning Reports for Secondary Dwellings

Ask us about our all-important Planning Report today.

When it comes to building your Granny Flat, it is vital that you start with a comprehensive understanding of what you should expect – from start to finish. From the very beginning of your investigation into the concept, you must cover every possible outcome that may arise. If your research is not adequate, you may end up with a half-built project and be tens-of-thousands of dollars out-of-pocket.

This is a risk that many of our clients simply cannot afford.

There are many rules, regulations, restrictions, and requirements to take into account well before building, or even calculating the precise cost of any Granny Flat.

Every property is affected by varying elements – no two properties are the same.

This being the case, the final cost of every Granny Flat must be calculated separately and specifically, much of which depends on the property and position in which the Granny Flat is being built.

The Dwelcom Secondary Dwelling Planning Report gives our clients peace-of-mind that every possible detail has been studied and costed accordingly.

The Dwelcom Secondary Dwelling Planning Report

Although a vast majority of properties in NSW will somehow comply for the construction of a Granny Flat, not every property is the “perfect” block. Many times, there are common positives and negatives that are found in differing suburbs and areas.

The Dwelcom Secondary Dwelling Planning Report goes through great detail in learning every property in-depth, then preparing the best possible action method – achieving a complete costing and planning solution for our clients.

The following are general, suburb-specific obstacles and restrictions that we’ve identified, managed, pre-costed, and overcome over our years of experience in this industry –

When we think bushfire, we may immediately think of remote towns far from suburbia. Surprisingly, this is not the only case. Yes, suburbs such as Menai, Engadine, and Heathcote are obviously affected, but Hills District suburbs including Carlingford, Castle Hill, and Baulkham Hills are also Bushfire Attack Level zoned not to mention Picton, Tahmoor, and Bargo on the fringes of Sydney. Unfortunately, even Frenchs Forest, Hornsby and Berowra make that list.

Whether your property is in the picturesque Hunter Valley, on the coast of Newcastle or Wollongong, even surrounding Lake Illawarra as do Port Kembla and Shellharbour, flood zoning is a major hurdle that Dwelcom will overcome quickly, and cost-efficiently for our clients. Windsor and Richmond, Hurstville, Blakehurst, and Kogarah also have pockets affected by flooding. Not to mention Sydney City suburbs such as Northbridge, Mosman, and Manly on the Northern Beaches.

Parts of the Central Coast, and Miranda and Caringbah in the Sutherland Shire are also affected.

Being world-famous for beautiful views comes at a cost to development potential in our Blue Mountains. The three major sections being the lower (Emu Plains, Blaxland, and Springwood), middle (Linden, Woodford, and Hazelbrook), and upper (Wentworth Falls, Leura, Katoomba, and beyond to Lithgow) are extensively affected by steep-sloping land. Approval and construction methods must be costed and carried-out accordingly. Add to that the bolstered roofing required due to the potential of snowfall, which also affects the Southern Highlands at Bowral, Moss Vale, and Mittagong.

Known for flat, large blocks and open fields, Kemps Creek, Leppington, and Wallacia have plenty of room for a Secondary Dwelling, but lack enough fall in the land to dispose of stormwater efficiently. On a smaller scale, parts of Western Sydney including Blacktown, Mount Druitt, St Marys, and Penrith even our South-West in Bankstown, Punchbowl, and Padstow, Campbelltown, Narellan, and Camden also face this issue.

Many newer estates are now being sub-divided into block that cannot accommodate a Granny Flat. Similarly, much older sub-divisions in the Inner-West of Sydney are quite small. Having said this, Marrickville, Alexandria, and Newtown do have methods of building a Secondary Dwelling that comply with local council requirements. Lidcombe, Strathfield, and Five Dock are also restricted in a minor way.

Although suburbs like Merrylands, Northmead, and Parramatta, or Fairfield, Liverpool, and Wetherill Park are close in geographical location, some even sharing the same local council, the contribution that the specific local council requires may vary dramatically. Ryde, Gladesville, and Chatswood are much the same. Dwelcom will determine and advise our clients of these required contributions, specific for each property (which can be up to $24,000.00).

Order an obligation-free Onsite Planning Report

Dwelcom granny flats and secondary dwellings

You’re home.