Considerations for Buying Property to Build a Granny Flat in ACT

March 21, 2022

Try to purchase a block that is rectangle, with house to the front and plenty of rear garden.

It is best if the house is square on the land not on an angle….it gives you more room for privacy from the house and the granny flat.

 

Best size is from 700m2 upwards as you will always need a 3.000 mtr rear setback.

The side setbacks are 1.500 from one boundary and 3.000 from the second side boundary.

 

Many houses in ACT have electrical easements, it is best if this is along the rear boundary not the side.

It is best to have the width of two cars at the side for access as you need to provide parking for 3 cars in total behind the building line.

2 can be tandem but the third has to be unhindered (this allows the granny flat tenant clear access at all times) modifications of this can be worked but that will depend on the block.

If you remove a garage to build this granny flat you will most definitely need to ensure you meet the parking codes.

 

No large trees within 4 mtrs of a granny flat, ACTPLA are hesitant to allow you to remove any significant trees in the area.

 

You can only build out the front of a property if you have at least a 13.000 set back from the road

 

Corner blocks are the best so long as they have plenty of back garden as the granny flat needs to be built behind the building line of the other houses in the street.

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