If you are planning to add a second building on your Auckland section it is important to check the regulations for minor dwellings to ensure that you aren’t going to be breaking any rules.
The introduction of the Auckland Unitary Plan, however, has made it much easier to add a second dwelling to your section without the need for subdivision or extra consents. This means that sections that currently only contain one property could now be built on without such a costly process.
Minor dwellings can be used for all kinds of purposes from granny flats for elderly relatives to home offices. You might even consider adding a minor dwelling as a rental for extra income – a perfect opportunity given Auckland’s current squeeze on housing and the number of people looking for quality properties.
There are different minor dwellings rules depending on where in Auckland your current property is. This means you need to check the Auckland council minor dwelling rules for your particular property carefully.
Things to check when you are looking at regulations for minor dwellings
The planning regulations are designed to ensure that areas are not spoilt or become overcrowded and protect areas with respect to:
- the environment
The unitary plan dictates zones for each area of land which shows how it is used and what happens there. Zones can include residential, commercial and conservation. Many existing Auckland houses will fall under one of three categories. These are Single House Zone, Mixed Housing Suburban Zone and Mixed House Urban Zone.
Single House Zone – a minor dwelling can be built of up to 65m2.
Mixed Housing Suburban Zone – each section can have up to two dwellings without resource consent
Mixed House Urban Zone – each section can have up to two dwellings without resource consent and buildings can be higher.
Different zones will have different regulations and different restrictions on building. For instance what you can build, how high a building can be and what you can use the building for.
You will need to check that your minor dwelling plans meet the criteria for your zone, especially if you are planning to use the building for commercial purposes or want to subdivide before you build.
Regardless of the zone, your property is in, you may also need a building consent for your project. This may be necessary depending on things like:
- the floor size
- the height of the building
- how close it is to the section boundaries or other homes
- whether it will have cooking and toilet facilities
How to check whether you need consent for your minor dwelling
One way to find out if you need consent is to check with the council yourself. You can use Auckland Council’s online consent tool to check your suburb.
If you are unsure or not comfortable entering details online, you might prefer to call or email the council. Then you can talk to a member of staff about your plans and check minor dwelling rules in relation to your location.
Enlist expert help to build your minor dwelling
If you are planning to build a minor dwelling Build Right Contractors can help you get the project done on time and on budget. We can also give you good advice regarding how to proceed. We can put you in touch with the local professionals you will need to get through the consent process.
Our experienced East Auckland builders can help you make the most of the smaller floor area while also ensuring that the building meets all your needs as well as assessing your section and advising you of any issues such as slopes or flooding potential. We can also help you to meet all the regulations for minor dwellings required in your area.