4.3 Secondary Dwellings


  1. To enable the development of a diversity of dwelling types;
  2. To contribute to the availability of affordable housing; and
  3. To promote innovative housing solutions that are compatible with the surrounding residential environment.


  1. Secondary dwellings must comply with the controls in Sections 4.2.1- 4.2.12 (General Residential Development Controls), except where the controls in this chapter differ, in which case the controls below prevail.
  2. Site coverage of the principal dwelling, secondary dwelling and all ancillary development on a lot must not be more than 50% of the area of the lot,
  3. Secondary dwellings must be designed to complement the design of the principal dwelling and be subservient to the principal dwelling in terms of visual bulk and scale.
  4. Windows and private open spaces of secondary dwellings must not overlook the private open space of any adjacent dwellings.
  5. No additional car parking or private open space area is required for secondary dwellings; however, provisions must be made for clothes drying facilities in a location with adequate solar access.
  6. Any secondary dwelling must be setback behind the front building alignment of the principal dwelling.
  7. The front entrance of a secondary dwelling may be located behind the primary street fa├žade.
  8. Internal fences separating the principal and secondary dwelling are not permitted.
  9. Strata or Torrens title subdivision of secondary dwellings is not permitted.
  10. The conversion of garages to a secondary dwelling may only be permitted if at least one car parking space is provided behind the front setback of the principal dwelling (in addition to one space in front of the building line)