Yes you can, here’s a few considerations
- Is there a requirement under your town planning scheme to have car accommodation on your land ?
If there is there’s a few options, a carport may work for example.
- Approval is required, you’ll at the very least require building approval, perhaps town planning approval
- Covenant Approval may be required if you have bought in an area with a building covenant.
- You have to upgrade the garage the meet Class 1a Habitable building requirements.
- You will need minimum 2.4 (or average 2.4) ceiling height
- If there is a step down then its likely that you will have to step the floor up
A topping slab with vapour barrier will be required
- If your garage is less than 900 from the boundary then you will need to make sure fire separation is achieved
- If your using the new space as living or sleeping an energy efficiency assessment will be required
- If your building in an area prone to flood or close to the ocean you may be required to raise the floor to meet habitable requirements
- If your near a noisy road or rail line you may be required to meet noise requirements
- Your fire alarms will need to be upgraded to meet the new code
- If you have on site sewerage you may be required to upgrade your sewerage treatment system
There’s quite a few things to consider when converting your garage into living space, its always best to contract your builder before you employ a designer so you can check if you can meet these considerations and if there are any other requirements that your particular home may require.