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From concept plans and council approval through to construction, we handle it all.
FAQs about Granny Flats
What is a Minor Dwelling?
A minor dwelling is a second unit built on the same title, detached to the primary residence. It has bedrooms, bathroom, kitchen, separate water and electrical meter. The average size of a minor dwelling is 60-65 sqm, and varies depending on the zone you are living in.
It is a perfect solution for you if you :
- Would like to earn some extra income from renting out the second house on the same site as your own.
- Have a growing family or elderly parents that you would like to take care of, while still having your privacy and independence
- Would like to add value to your property, but don’t want to extend your existing house.
How long does it take to build a granny flat?
We build the majority of our units in our factory and we deliver to site fully completed. The actual build process is usually 8-10 weeks. However, the council consent process can be anything from 3-8 months (depending on the site). If access is an issue, we also do build on-site in the Auckland area.
What are building consents?
At the beginning of any building project building approval from your local council is required. This Building Consent allows you to carry out work on a property. Applications are usually processed within 20 working days but can take longer if more information is required
What are Resource consents
A resource consent gives approval for things like the use or subdivision of land, the taking of water, the discharge of contaminants in water, soil or air, or the use or occupation of coastal space.
So you could say it’s to look after the resources that will support not only your home but the area you live in.
What is a Code of Compliance Certificate (CCC)?
A Code of Compliance Certificate is a document that Council issues at the end of construction of a building. It is the result of an inspection carried out by the building consent authority (The Council) and the building passing.
What is a Development Contribution Fee
The council charges development contributions for residential developments. This fee is for the extra community and network infrastructure required as a result of the residential development.
What is the Auckland Unitary Plan?
The Auckland Unitary Plan is the next step in bringing Auckland together. Replacing the existing Regional Policy Statement and 13 district and regional plans, the Unitary Plan will determine:
- What building the Council permits and where
- Create a higher quality and more compact Auckland
- Provide for rural activities
- Maintain the marine environment
Source: Auckland Council website
Does the Auckland Unitary Plan mention granny flats?
The proposal mentions the following
- Stand-alone minor units limited to 65m2 and 5m maximum height
- Where to incorporate the minor unit into the original household,
- The height limit is the same as for the residential dwelling
- No internal access permitted between the minor unit and any attached garage or accessory building
- Allocated private open space
Source: Auckland Council website
Cross-lease is a form of shared ownership where all owners have rights and responsibilities to the title. Before any major building work can take place on a cross-lease title, owners must get their cross-lease neighbours’ permission.