A secondary dwelling (commonly referred to as a granny flat) is self-contained accommodation within, attached to, or separate from the principal dwelling.
A secondary dwelling may be permissible with consent in the following zones under the Bellingen Shire Council Local Environmental Plan - 2010
If the property is identified as bushfire prone land a bushfire hazard assessment will be required to be submitted with your application.
If the property is identified as flood prone land, the floor will need to meet the floor height planning level for the property, and the development application will need to address the requirements of Chapter 8 – Flood and Riverine Processes in the Bellingen Shire Council Development Control Plan 2017.
To obtain development consent, you will need to lodge either a Development Application (DA) or Complying Development Certificate (CDC).
Apply for a DA Apply for a CDC
Planning on building or renovating and don't know where to start?
These Frequently Asked Questions may help guide you.
Visit our How can we help page to access the services we provide to assist you prepare your application;
Visit our submitting an application page to read the steps to take to submit a range of applications, including a DA or CDC
Bellingen Shire Council Development Control Plan 2017-2019 (DCP)(PDF, 8MB)
Bellingen Shire Council Local Environmental Plan 2010 (LEP)
If the application process is unfamiliar to you, or your application is somewhat complex, it is recommended you engage a suitably qualified consultant to ensure the development is designed in accordance with all relevant development standards and complies with the Building Code of Australia.
This may eliminate incomplete or insufficient applications being lodged, which can slow down application processing times.
It is recommended to discuss your proposal with your neighbours and consider their concerns to avoid delay in the application process.