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Dual living - secondary dwelling

Dwelling house

A dwelling house is defined in the Redland City Plan as a residential use of premises involving:

  • one dwelling for a single household and any domestic outbuildings associated with the dwelling (such as a shed and carport); or
  • one dwelling for a single household, a secondary dwelling and any domestic outbuildings associated with either dwelling (such as sheds and carports).

Secondary dwelling

A secondary dwelling is defined in the Redland City Plan as a dwelling that is used in conjunction with, and subordinate to, a dwelling house on the same lot.  This can be either attached to the main dwelling or detached.

You cannot lease or sell off a secondary dwelling separately from the main dwelling.

A dwelling house and its secondary dwelling will only ever have one water meter, power meter and bin service.

Approval process

The application process depends on the zoning and overlays on your property, and the design of your proposal.

To determine the zoning and overlays on your property, you can visit:

To determine the level of assesment, please refer to the Redland City Plan.

For some secondary dwellings, you only need to obtain building and plumbing approval, while others may also need a planning approval. To find out if you need planning approval, contact Council's Planning Liaison Officer on (07) 3829 8999.

Also see our information on approval for dual occupancy.