If the tiny house is fixed to a trailer that is registered under the Road Transport Act 2013, in most cases no development approval is required to park it on your property, subject to certain exemptions under the Local Government (Manufactured Home Estates, Caravan Parks, Camping Grounds, Moveable Dwellings) Regulation 2005.
These exemptions allow you to:
- have no more than 2 caravans, campervans or tents on a property if someone stays in them for a short term (up to 48 hours at a time) for no more than 60 days in a single 12 month period;
- have no more than one caravan or campervan if there is an approved dwelling house on the property and the property owner’s household plans to live in it on a long term basis and it is maintained in a safe and healthy condition;
- have no more than one caravan or campervan on pastoral or agricultural land if it is only occupied seasonally by people employed in pastoral or agricultural operations on the land;
- have a moveable dwelling and associated structure on land for accommodating people who have been displaced because of a bush fire, but only if the moveable dwelling or associated structure is maintained in a healthy and safe condition and is removed within 2 years after it is installed.
A tiny house that does not meet any of the above exemptions will be considered a dwelling house or secondary dwelling (see above) and will require Council approval in the way of a Development Application (DA) or Complying Development Certificate (CDC).
NOTE: Approval is still required under Section 68 of the Local Government Act 1993 for the installation of any onsite sewage management system associated with the use of a tiny home (including a composting toilet).