VanHomes identify as a registrable caravan, which means your VanHome may not need to go through any council building approvals. However; legislation surrounding on-site caravans, caravans on private property or in a backyard will vary from state to state.
In New South Wales, state-wide legislation allows a caravan to be used for permanent habitation, provided that the person using the caravan is a member of the owner's household.
Section 77 of Subdivision 3 the state-wide legislation relates to Manufactured Home Estates, Caravan Parks, Camping Grounds and Moveable Dwellings which are given conditional exemptions where no council building approval is required.
As registrable caravans, VanHomes do not need to go through any council building approval.
Please check out the exemptions below.
Read about the legislation here.
NSW is currently the only state that has a blanket exemption on caravans.
If you are located outside of NSW, looking at your local laws or speaking to your council will be able to provide the relevant information on using a caravan for accommodation.
Most councils outside of NSW allow the use of a caravan with a permit, and some even have adopted the same exemption as NSW Legislation.
VanHomes are an excellent granny flat solution if you’re looking at options for elderly relatives who want to live close by while maintaining independence, or young couples who are saving for a family home. Plus, granny flats also increase the value of your property.
Our homes are built onto a towable chassis, with fully functioning wheels, brakes and lights. Should you move, we can relocate your home anywhere you'd like.
Our product is a legally registrable caravan and is lawfully able to be sited without a building application.
As our product is a legally registrable caravan, it can be sited in flood-prone and fire-prone areas without needing to comply with the Building Code of Australia.
Our VanHomes range from 17-60 squared meters. To put this into perspective, the average size of a Sydney apartment is 42 squared meters.
If you are planning on renting your VanHome, or using it as an AirBnB style investment property, you will have to go through council building approvals.
This is because the person living in the VanHome may not be related to someone living in the main dwelling. We are happy to assist you in helping you plan for your VanHome, and discussing what options will work for you.
If you are looking to place your VanHome on a vacant block of land, you will be required to apply for council building approvals if there is no existing dwelling on this property.
Previously in this situation, this has been a relatively seamless process if in a rural area.
VanHomes is your new-age granny flat that provides a hassle-free and affordable living solution. Get in touch with our team of experts to discuss options for your dream VanHome. We can't wait to help you make your dream a reality.