New rules mean granny flats can be let

The amendment, which comes after the Department of Planning reviewed its state planning policy for residential codes, replaces the land use of ancillary accommodation with ancillary dwelling.

At a council briefing earlier this month, planning and community development director Dale Page said it was a ‘positive step as the change will enable for the provision of housing diversity and more affordable accommodation’.

She said the change also relaxed parking requirements by stating no car bays were required if the dwelling was close to public transport. Cr Mike Norman asked if people could now use the ancillary dwellings for short-stay accommodation.

‘Legally they cannot because short-stay accommodation is a use not permitted in the residential area,’ Ms Page said.

Cr John Chester said the amendment would ‘finally resolve what I consider to be a rather ludicrous situation’.

‘The new classification of ancillary dwellings will now allow smaller self-contained units that contribute to the City’s housing stock,’ he said.