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Green light for NT granny flats

Green light for NT granny flats

Northern Territorians will soon be able to build an independent unit, commonly known as a granny flat, on their single dwelling (SD) block with fewer restrictions under changes introduced by the Northern Territory Government.

The changes will allow the occupant of an independent unit to be someone other than a dependent of a resident from the primary dwelling, while also increasing the size of permitted units in rural areas by 30 square metres.

Minister for Lands, Planning and the Environment, Peter Chandler, says homeowners can construct an independent unit on their urban or rural block provided they meet certain criteria. It includes:

The floor area doesn’t exceed 50 square metres (urban) or 80 square metres (rural). The independent unit is secondary from the primary dwelling. Only one independent dwelling per SD block. One additional off-street car park space per bedroom for the independent unit. Private open space of 45 square metres for the independent unit and 50 square metres for the single dwelling. Standard building setbacks and height requirements as for single dwellings.

According to Chandler, independent units in rural areas can be built with a floor size of 80 square metres, an increase from 50 square metres previously.

“This change better reflects the relative size of rural blocks to those in urban areas,” he says.

“Granny flats have traditionally provided an independent living option for grandparents or older children but they can now also offer affordable living alternatives for Territorians.

“It’s important the government explores all available housing options to give Territorians choice.
“That choice is being provided, with around 2000 units in the CBD either under construction or with an approved development application, and our urban infill program is providing greater density in inner suburbs.”


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