Do we need planning permission for a granny flat?

Property Clinic: I’ve been consulting architects and contractors but getting conflicting answers

‘My mother would live in the granny flat and my wife and I would  live in the rest of the house.’ Photograph: iStock

‘My mother would live in the granny flat and my wife and I would live in the rest of the house.’ Photograph: iStock

I’m wondering if you could provide some assistance relating to planning permission. You have answered some questions in the past related to granny flats and self-contained units, but none that I can see related to separating a dwelling for family use.

My mother has a three-bed semi-detached house in Dublin. The attached garage had been renovated before we moved in 20 years ago to facilitate a kitchen and bedroom. This area is connected to the rest of the house by an internal door and doesn’t have its own access.

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