Pets and Body Corporate


Pets within strata communities account for the most common by-law breaches. In particular, residents that keep pets without permission. Obtaining approval to have a pet in your apartment/unit is different for every body corporate, building and state. Each building has a set of by-laws that outline the regulations for your apartment, and these by-laws will outline the rules regarding keeping a pet.

In Queensland, strata communities are covered by The Body Corporate and Community Management Act 1997. The Act includes a by-law specifically for the keeping of pets. This by-law includes;

–        Schedule 4 By-laws
“11 Keeping of animals
(1) The occupier of a lot must not, without the body corporate’s written approval—
(a) bring or keep an animal on the lot or the common property; or
(b) permit an invitee to bring or keep an animal on the lot or the common property.

(2) The occupier must obtain the body corporate’s written approval before bringing, or permitting an invitee to bring, an animal onto the lot or the common property.”

This by-law is used in instances where bodies corporate have not included it’s own by-laws in a Community Management Statement.

Recently, property developers have started to make pets a priority in luxury, new inner-city apartment projects. These special considerations include designer showers, special ­walkways and pet grooming rooms. The projects seem to be aimed at certain demographics, such as empty nesters whose children have since left home, married couples with dependants and females. Nearly 90% of pet owners regard their dog or cat as part of the family so it’s no wonder property developers are starting to create living spaces suitable for pets.

21% of dwellings in Australia are flats, units, apartments and townhouses, meaning a large number of the population live within strata communities. Australia has one of the highest rates of pet ownership in the world (63%), so it is important that pet ownership is at least considered by bodies corporate. A recent article published by the Business Insider has ranked the top 8 dog breeds for apartment living. The list includes the yorkshire terrier due to its size and limited shedding, the cavalier king charles spaniel for it’s sweet-tempered, playful nature and the chihuahua as they are easily carried, and don’t require much exercise.

Cats are the second most common pet in Australia, with 29% of households owning a cat. The top breeds of cat suitable for apartment life include the British shorthair for its ability to adapt well to small dwellings, the Russian blue with its affectionate and independent nature, well-suited for a life with working singles and the ragdoll for its laid-back and gentle temperament.

If you have any questions or would like more information there are several websites and hotlines available. Including;

  1. The Office for the Commissioner of Body Corporate and Community Management

Tel 1800 060 119 (call back service)
www.justice.qld.gov.au

  1. Your Body Corporate Community Management Statement

(this document will detail the By-Law specific to your building)



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