Interesting Info 3 – Zero rear boundary setbacks to laneways now allowed for granny flats in Newcastle and the Central Coast
If you have a property that abuts a rear lane then we have great news for you. You are now allowed to build a granny flat on your property with a zero setback to the lane (boundary).
What is even better news is that you can do this without council approval!
Like any rules, there are always conditions. In this case all granny flat’s approved using the NSW State Environment Planning Policies (SEPP) – without council approval – must not be more than half the width of the property.
The SEPP specifically states “a dwelling on a lot that has a rear boundary with a lane-way may have a building line that abuts that boundary for up to 50 per cent of the length of that boundary”
So if your property is 16m wide, you can have a granny flat approved that’s 8m wide and built without any setback. This is a major advantage for blocks with rear lanes as opposed to standard blocks that require a minimum 3m setback. It means owners can maximise their land by creating more open space and privacy between the existing residence and granny flat.
So if you have a property that backs onto a laneway, contact us and we will show you how to build a granny flat maximising your block using the zero rear boundary setback rule.