On a sparkling winter’s day, you can easily understand why BRISBANE is RENOWNED as AUSTRALIA’S FASTEST-GROWING CITY, recording an annual population growth rate of 1.8% over the last five years, outpacing both Sydney (1.4%) and Melbourne (1.5%), to 2,505,000 in 2023. Internal migration from more costly locations for a better lifestyle; new births and overseas migration caused Greater Brisbane population to increase by 59,200 people (2.3%), and the rest of the state increased by 49,800 (1.9%).

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What separates excellent suburbs to invest in from the rest? There’s no exact formula, but some common factors that indicate that a suburb has the potential for future demand and growth include:

• Easy access to public transport, especially the train line
• Quality school options
• Parklands
• Access to facilities including shopping centres and hospital

QLD’s fastest growing suburbs based on ABS data shows in  first place, RIPLEY; Located southwest of Brisbane, with its 21% growth rocketing its population to around 16,000 people thanks to newly built property developments.) In second place, CHAMBERS FLAT-LOGAN RESERVE in LOGAN, south of the Brisbane metropolitan area has a 19% population increase thanks to property development opportunities; and then PALLARA – WILLAWONG in Brisbane’s south, is now home to around 10,600 people after its population increased by 19%.

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The tiny house movement is rapidly gathering momentum. Reduced bills, small to no mortgage payments, and a simpler way of life are all major draw cards of extreme downsizing.

Before you start building, the one thing you must know is where you’re going to put your tiny house as different laws apply to different locations.

Here’s a breakdown of the three placement options, and which rules apply to each:

1.Setting Up In A Backyard

A tiny house on the same lot as a ‘main dwelling’ can be classified as a granny flat. Granny flats have their own size and structure regulations (set by the local council).

While you’ll need to get a granny flat approved by a private certifier, you won’t necessarily have to get council approval, which is a huge advantage of choosing this option.

Just be careful that the combined number of occupants in the tiny house and main property doesn’t exceed the local council’s limits. In Brisbane, for example, only five unrelated people are allowed to dwell on the same lot!

2. Using A Vacant Lot

If you build your tiny house on a vacant lot, you’ll need to have your construction approved by the local council. This means you’ll have to conform to the building codes that apply to regular houses including minimum sizes, smoke alarm rules, plumbing and electrical standards and more.

You can find these codes the Building Act of 1975, or, better yet, get a lawyer to inform and review your plans.

3. Tiny Houses on Wheels

Many tiny house enthusiasts build their homes on wheels, so that they can vacate the jurisdiction of city and town planning authorities at a moment’s notice.

The catch is, of course, that once your home has wheels it is no longer a “permanent structure” and instead is classified as a caravan or light truck.

No matter where you roam in Australia, you’ll need to comply with the Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989.

In addition to this, you’ll need to comply with state laws relating to movable dwellings. In Queensland, these include the Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation Act 2008 and the Transport Operations (Road Use Management) Act 1995.

You’ll save time and money in the long run if you seek legal advice before you build and ensure your home is the right shape, size and weight and that you’re meeting safety requirements (e.g., fire extinguisher installation).