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Duplex (Dual Occupancy)

What is a dual occupancy?

A dual occupancy is defined in the Southern Downs Planning Scheme as:

  • Premises containing two dwellings on one lot (whether or not attached) where the use is primarily residential.

The use is commonly called a duplex when the buildings are attached, but a dual occupancy may also be two free standing houses on the one allotment.

Do I need planning approval to build a dual occupancy?

Yes, in the Low density residential zone, the Medium density residential zone and the Rural residential zone approval is required.

For further information regarding building a duplex in one of those zones, please view the Duplex (Dual occupancy) in the Residential & Rural residential zones fact sheet. (PDF 707.4KB)


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