Since ‘Major Renovations’ are not clearly
defined in the Strata Act, all work that does not fall
under the classifications of minor renovations or cosmetic work is considered a
major renovation. The following are some examples of projects that would
qualify as major renovations:
Changes to the building's structure (e.g.
removing structural walls).
Works that affect waterproofing (e.g.
renovations to bathrooms or tile modifications on balconies).
Works that include cladding, fire safety, and
Changes to the lot's exterior (e.g. air
conditioning units, access ramps, etc.).
Works that will have an impact on the common
Works that need the approval of other
regulations and Acts.
A specific by-law must be submitted to the
owner's corporation for approval before any major renovation work may begin. A
common property rights by-law must be registered as the major goal of this is
to make sure that the lot owner is in charge of any future upkeep and repairs
of any damaged common property. For instance, let’s say you want to renovate
your bathroom, as the renovation is major work and you have to take care of
plumbing issues as well, you’ll need to hire strata plumbing services to do the work professionally
and competently so that you won’t harm the common property.
Here are some other points you need to know:
Before approving, the owner's corporation will
need specific information about the work, such as plans, license information
for the contractor, dates the work will be done, etc.
You will need a copy of the waterproofing
certificate before completing any waterproofing work.
Before providing development approval, the
Local Council will need proof of the owner's corporation's permission.
A special resolution vote is required for
major renovation projects. The owner is then required to give the owners
corporation a minimum of 14 days’ written notice before work begins. The notice
should include information about your preferred changes to the common property.
Do’s and Don'ts
Let’s quickly summarize what you can and
cannot renovate in your strata community:
You are allowed to paint or paper your
internal walls, but for cutting holes, removing walls, etc. you’ll need
To renovate your kitchen or bathroom, you’ll
need permission. Changes to the floors, ceilings, or walls also require
You cannot change the front door or install
new windows since they are common property.
Internal light fittings can be changed, but
you'll need approval to upgrade downlights because a poor installation
could endanger the building's fire safety certificate.
An owner must obtain permission through a common property rights by-law to use a part of
the common property, such as mounting an air conditioner on a property wall.
Before you begin renovating, review the by-laws to find out what permits are
required and how to obtain them as each strata is different.
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