Strata Community Approval Process for Minor Renovations

For this type of renovation, you need approval, which the strata committee often gives. The strata committee is typically given the authority to approve plans, If not, a general meeting vote will be required for approval. With that in mind, you can write to the secretary or a strata manager with a request to vote for your changes. And you’ll need more than half of the votes cast to be able to start your work. Minor renovations must be approved at an annual general meeting or an extraordinary general meeting if the strata committee lacks the authority to do so.

Here is the list of minor renovations that need approvals:

Installation of new flooring or replacement, such as hardwood or tiles.

Exposing the underlying wooden or other hard floors by removing carpet.

A kitchen renovation that also includes flooring.

Recessed light fittings changed.

Cabling, wiring, access points, or power installation and change.

Installation of a clothesline and rainwater tank.

Internal walls change.

Installation of reverse cycle air conditioner and double or triple glazed windows.

Installation of ceiling insulation and heat pump.

Again your owner's corporation has the option to adopt a by-law that expands the list of minor renovations.

Keep in mind: Structural changes or property's external appearance changes are not involved in minor renovations, as well as works that affect waterproofing (e.g bathroom renovations).

Here are some other regulations you need to follow:

An owner of a lot is required to provide a written notice to the owner's corporation before getting approval for any minor renovations.

The written notice must include the following information: the details of the work, the duration, and dates of the work, information about the people performing the work, including their qualifications to perform the work, and plans for disposing of any leftover trash or debris. If you're installing flooring, you should have a certificate that proves sound insulation.

The owner is obligated to repair any damage they caused to the common property because of minor renovations and it should be done competently and properly.

Works that require approval under another regulation or Act are not considered minor renovation.

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