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Our property has a two-level minor dwelling which is completely separate from the main house. The upper floor is consented as a self-contained granny flat. The lower level is shown on the plans as a "workshop/garage" although the workshop part is finished as interior space. There is no internal access between the levels, the upper floor is accessed using outside stairs.
I would like to use the "workshop" as my home office but first I need to add a bathroom downstairs. I've drawn up a plan for this and been to talk to Auckland Council. They identified a couple of potential issues due to the change in use of the lower level from "workshop" to "habitable" space.
1. The granny flat upstairs is rented out and will therefore have different occupants than the downstairs office. This may require the ceiling to be fire rated.
2. The concrete slab floor of the downstairs room is level with the paving outside. This may not meet the requirements for minimum height of floor off ground level.
I'm looking for some professional advice on navigating these issues.
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