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What are the added costs of installing a Portable container home?

When setting up and installing Granny flats/studio or Portable container home and relocatable homes there are a number of additional costs

Setting out a budget is really important. Here is a preliminary list 

  • Council approval –  These fees vary so check with your local council
  • Private Certifier – $2,000
  • Energy assessment – $350
  • Soil test – $700
  • Footing slab design – $750 
  • Footing cost – $250 per footing
  • Concrete slab cost – $150 sq m
  • Internal plastering – $25 sq m
  • Internal wet area FC sheeting – $30 sq m
  • Electrical – $3,000 excluding site specific costs
  • Plumbing – $2,000 excluding site specific costs 
  • Kitchen –  $2,900 flat pack doesn’t include labor costs
  • Tiling waterproofing – $40-60 sq m excluding tiles
  • Shower screen –  $800- $1,000
  • Electrical – 
What are the rules and regulations?

Each council has its own rules and regulations and law to take into consideration when you are building your granny flat.or portable container home.

Most council have a standard rule as to the required  size of any granny flat/studio  that can be constructed on your block. If you do not know what the council permits are in your area, it is definitely worth  phoning your Private Certifier.

Different councils also have different  rulings relating to renting out portable container home. and granny flats. Currently, most councils in Gold Coast and New South Wales. permit them  to be rented out to non-family members.

Two Queensland Councils – Ipswich City Council & Logan City Council – have also passed recent legislation to permit renting out your granny flat to non-family members.

For current rulings, please see the below rulings:

Logan City Council Requirements – Auxiliary Units – Fact Sheet

Auxiliary Unit:

  • May be occupied by different households e.g. the auxiliary unit could be rented out independently to the primary dwellings (i.e. to someone else); and
  • Has constraints including
    • A maximum of two bedrooms, one kitchen, one living space and one driveway crossover; and
    • Size Limits
      • 70 m2 if in the residential zone category (low density Residential Zone, Low-Medium Density residential Zone or Medium Density Residential Zone) and on a lot less the 1,000 m2 or
      • 100 m2 otherwise

Brisbane City Council Requirements – Secondary Dwelling – Fact Sheet

  • Secondary units can have a gross floor area of no more the 80 m2
  • Secondary Dwellings must be no further than 20 m from the main dwelling
  • Secondary Dwellings mist be used by the same household group (family members) and can not be legally leased as an investment property

Ipswich City Council Requirements – Auxiliary Units – Fact Sheet

  • Auxiliary units can have a max gross floor area of 50 m2
  • Auxiliary units may be attached or detached
  • Auxiliary units must be consistent with the existing dwelling
  • Auxiliary units can now be rented out for income or used as accommodation for relatives

Redland Bay City Council Requirements – Secondary Dwellings – Fact Sheet

  • Secondary Dwellings can have a maximum gross floor area of 50 m2
  • Secondary Dwellings must be no further than 20 m from the main dwelling
  • Secondary Dwellings must be used by the same household group (family members) and cannot be legally leased as an investment property

Gold Coast City Council – Family Accommodation – Fact Sheet

  • Family accommodation can have a max Gross Floor Area of up to 80 m2 or less than 50% Gross Floor Area of main dwelling – depending on zoning
  • Family accommodation must share; a driveway, water and sewer connection with the main dwelling
  • Family accommodation must be used by the same household group and cannot be legally used as an investment property

Sunshine Coast Council Fact Sheet

  • Be located on a site with a minimum area of 600 m2
  • Secondary dwellings can have a max Gross Floor Area of 90 m2 in a rural zone or rural residential zone
  • Secondary dwellings can have a max Gross Floor Area of 60 m2 in all other zones
  • The dwelling house and the secondary dwelling mist have a combined maximum site cover of 50%
  • At least 1 car parking space, in addition to the requirement for the dwelling house must be provided for the secondary dwelling

We understand that our “standard designs” will not suit all blocks & council regulations. You are welcome to contact us to discuss changing our plans or sending in your own design to suit your council regulations.

 

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