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Council to adopt changes to second dwelling regulations

Wed 26 June 19 | Source: Sunshine Coast Council

The Sunshine Coast Council will be adopting the proposed changes to the Sunshine Coast Planning Scheme 2014 that involve the regulations around secondary dwellings.

The changes are to be implemented at some stage this year.
The new regulations state that secondary dwellings must be located, designed and constructed to have an association with the primary dwelling, and be small in size, such that the secondary dwelling is ancillary to the primary dwelling, and provides housing for a small household.
With the new regulations, a secondary dwelling:

• Must have maximum floor area of 90m2 in a Rural or Rural residential zone or 60m2 in any other zone. In Caloundra Local area, the maximum gross floor area is 45m2 and height must not exceed 4 metres.
• Where freestanding must be located within 20 metres of the primary dwelling

In an urban zone, the secondary dwelling must be located on a lot which:
• Has a minimum area of 600m2
• Is regular in shape (i.e. square or rectangular) or, if not regular in shape, is able to accommodate a square or rectangle of at least 400m2 in area within the lot.
Secondary and primary dwellings must share:
• A single common water connection and meter and waste-water connection/system
• Street number and letterbox
• Vehicle access driveway and access point
It is recommended to get your applications in early if you wish to comply with the previous regulations.

The purpose of these amendments is to:

1. amend the zones, overlays and/or precincts relating to a number of specific sites in the localities of Buderim, Chevallum, Dicky Beach, Eerwah Vale, Golden Beach, Kenilworth, Kunda Park, Landsborough, Little Mountain, Maleny, Mount Coolum, Pelican Waters, Witta, and Woombye;

2. amend the zone and the Height of buildings and structures overlay for a number of specific sites relating to Educational establishments, Retirement facilities and Residential care facilities, in locations across the planning scheme area;

3. reduce the number of building height increments in the Height of buildings and structures overlay, which applies to the entire planning scheme area, which will result in minor changes to the applicable building height limit for certain sites; and

4. address other operational matters to improve the clarity and efficiency of the planning scheme.


The proposed amendment was published on 28 July 2018, and the public consultation period the proposed amendment to the Sunshine Coast Planning Scheme 2014 has now ended.

View the proposed amendment here.


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