Secondary Dwelling / Grannyflat rules 

The rules and regulations regarding what you are/are not allowed to do with a secondary dwelling or granny-flat change from Council to Council and Zone to Zone. To assist in breaking through the thousands of pages of planning scheme information, please find the general provisions relating to secondary homes in Queensland below. If you are wondering what the difference between a Secondary Dwelling, an Auxiliary Unit and a Dual Occupancy is, we can recommend you to this article.

Local Council

(alphabetical order)

Defined Use

General provisions

(guideline only)

Council fee if triggered

(indicative)

Can they be rented?

Does Council have a facts sheet?

Brisbane City Council

Dwelling House (incl. secondary dwelling)

80sqm within 20m of the primary residence

$1840; or

$575 depending on the issues.

No.

Yes, click here.

Fraser Coast

Dual Occupancy (can be rented) and Dwelling House (incl. Secondary dwelling)

70sqm of GFA and 100sqm of total use area

$477-952

Yes, only if a ‘dual occupancy’ is created.

Yes, click here.

City of Gold Coast

Secondary Dwelling

Attached to the primary residence or within 10m. 80sqm maximum

$1894

No.

Yes, click here.

City of Ipswich

Auxiliary Unit

50sqm with 1 bedroom max. attached to the primary dwelling or behind it

N/A

No unless it is considered to be a ‘Dual Occupancy’

Yes, click here.

Lockyer Valley (Laidley Shire)

‘Apartment’

50sqm maximum within 3m of the primary dwelling with a common roof.

$1310

No.

Yes, click here.

Lockyer Valley (Gatton Shire)

‘Annexed Unit’

Attached to the primary house and not more than 2/3 of the primary house or 100sqm, whichever is the lesser.

$1310

No.

Yes, click here.

Logan City Council

Secondary Dwelling  / Dual Occupancy (Auxiliary Unit)

70sqm or 100sqm depending on the zone within 20m of the primary dwelling

$1540

Yes – only if an ‘auxiliary unit’ – note infrastructure charges may be payable

Yes, click here.

Moreton Bay Regional Council

Dwelling House (incl. Secondary Dwelling)

Between 45sqm & 100sqm dependant upon the zone. Refer to Council website here.

$796

Yes

Yes, click here.

Noosa

Secondary Dwelling

65sqm where fully wheelchair accessible, otherwise 45sqm within 25m of the primary dwelling

$2162

No.

Yes, click here.

Redland City Council

Dwelling House (incl. Secondary Dwelling)

As per the Building Regulations.

N/A

No

Yes, click here.

Scenic Rim Regional Council (Beaudesert Planning Scheme)

House (incl. Secondary dwelling)

Generally, 60sqm within 20m of the primary house.

$1125

No.

Yes, click here.

Southern Downs Regional Council

Dwelling House (incl. Secondary Dwelling)

N/A

$1370

Unclear

Yes, click here.

Sunshine Coast Regional Council

Dwelling House (incl. Secondary Dwelling)

60sqm or 90sqm dependent on the zone. Maximum site cover of 50%. Minimum site area 600sqm.

$600

Unclear but more than likely no.

No.

Toowoomba Regional Council

Secondary Dwelling

N/A

N/A

No

Yes, click here.

Somerset Regional Council

Secondary Dwelling

The total maximum gross floor area of the secondary dwelling shall not exceed 60% of the gross floor area of the dwelling house on the same site.

 

$1051

No

No

GFA = Gross Floor Area

 

Note, the above is general information only which can be altered depending on the zone and overlays of a specific property. Please give us a call to discuss your specific project on 07 3317 0042.