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Converting a garage to a habitable room of any description or use requires approval.
Yes, you need approval. A garage is classed as a non-habitable room. Converting it to a room used for normal domestic activities requires approval.
This could include use as, for example, a:
There are various considerations in granting approval including but not limited to providing the required amount of parking elsewhere, ensuring the space has a minimum 2.4m ceiling height, ensuring dampproof coursing is adequate and setbacks are compliant.
If the garage is detached additional Bushfire control measures may apply.
You will need to lodge a Development Application with Council.
The NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment has a useful guide to the DA process.
Last updated on 20 July 2020
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