The City of Fremantle has become the first council in Western Australia to amend its planning regulations to allow non–family members to occupy and rent secondary dwellings or ‘granny flats’.


In the past, planning regulations have restricted their occupancy to family members only and open space provisions have limited them to occur only on certain sized lots.


The City of Fremantle has recently changed the planning regulations in the City of Fremantle Local Planning Scheme No. 4, so that such developments do not have occupancy restrictions, the open space requirements are no longer applicable and, in some cases, small secondary dwellings can be built without the need to gain planning approval.


The aim of the regulation changes is to promote greater diversity and affordability of housing within Fremantle.


More information about the regulations is here.