New trial gives granny flats green light in Victoria
Want to build a granny flat on your property? This new trial scheme will make it easier.
A trial program to fast-track planning approval of granny flats and other second dwellings promises to make it easier to accommodate older children and elderly relatives at home, as COVID forces many Victorians to reconsider their living arrangements.
Four local government areas – Bendigo, Kingston, Moreland and the Shire of Murrindindi – are participating in the trial, which promises planning approval within 10 days for proposed second dwellings that meet the criteria on size, height and amenities.
The trial cuts through red tape currently surrounding second dwellings, which requires that the structure must be moveable and used only by a person dependent on a resident of the main dwelling. The trial scheme permits the construction of permanent, self-contained second dwellings, which may be rented out to third parties to provide an income.