(Updated 20/01/2020 – Liam Henry for Baird & Hayes)
– As of 20/01/2020, it would appear as though Ipswich City Council’s draft Planning Scheme/Statement of Proposals/draft Strategic Framework makes no reference to how Auxiliary Units are to be treated under the proposed new Planning Scheme.
– We would recommend contacting us as soon as possible if you are interested in carrying out such work, given the uncertainty surrounding the new Planning Scheme.
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In October of 2018, Ipswich City Council introduced new guidelines and policies regarding Granny Flats/Fonzie Flats. The ‘Granny Flat’ or ‘Fonzie Flat’ is more formally referred to as an ‘Auxiliary Unit’.
Not to be confused with a ‘Dual Occupancy’, in the Ipswich City Council Local Government Area an Auxiliary Unit is defined as:
A building or part of a building used as a secondary residence not exceeding 50m2 gross floor area with a maximum of one bedroom which is attached to or associated with a dwelling on the same lot (Ipswich Planning Scheme, Implementation Guidelines No. 1, October 2018).
It is most important to remember that while an ‘Auxiliary Unit’ can be rented out under a Residential Tenancy Agreement, a Community Title/Strata Title cannot be arranged. Therefore, an ‘Auxiliary Unit’ cannot be sold on its own as a separate Title (this is when it would become a ‘Dual Occupancy’ – subject to further Planning assessment).
To find out if your proposed ‘Auxiliary Unit’ is permissible under the recent amendment to the Ipswich Planning Scheme, we encourage you to contact Baird & Hayes to discuss your particular circumstances.
Some key questions to ask before you consider building an ‘Auxiliary Unit’ are:
- Is it designed and located to provide high quality and attractive streetscapes?
- Is your proposal appropriate and well considered for your particular neighbourhood/zone?
- Does it avoid increasing the overall concentration of auxiliary units in your area?
- Is it compatible in design with, and not distinguishable from, the primary residence?
- Has your lot been nominated as an ‘Auxiliary Unit Lot’ as part of a Reconfiguration Approval? OR,
- Was your lot created in 2006 or earlier and has a min. lot size of 800m2?
- Is your lot not a ‘hatchet lot’?
Answering YES to some or all of the questions above may make it possible for you to construct an ‘Auxiliary Unit’ without further Planning Approval from Ipswich City Council (subject to further site specific assessment and advice).
If you would like to find out more about the contents of this article, or about another property matter, please contact Baird & Hayes today on:-
(07) 3812 2076 or firstname.lastname@example.org