The property industry in Queensland has become so popular and competitive this year with many people moving from interstate. For this reason, many are choosing to renovate project buildings rather than build new or buy ready to move in properties.
However, in Strata communities approvals may need to be granted before you commence.
If you are going to renovate there are several things you need to be aware of.
The rule of thumb is that before you do anything at all (especially spend money) read the by-laws and then communicate with the Body Corporate, Building Manager and your Community Manager.
For example, if you are making major changes to the internal structure (for example tearing down a wall) you must get approval from your Body Corporate. However, if you are making minor changes (for example painting your bedroom wall), there is no need for approval.
It is important to note that external renovations always need Body Corporate approval.
What you can do may be restricted by by-laws, an architectural code, Heritage Listing or even council regulations.
Many Bodies Corporate have an Architectural Review Committee (ARC) which is empowered to ensure that all aspects of construction and landscaping comply with the design guidelines that may have been formulated.
Owners or occupants in Strata communities which have an ARC must then apply for (and obtain) ARC approval of plans before seeking certifier/local authority approval.
SSKB can provide your Body Corporate with a streamlined process to handle your application process.
SSKB has established relationships with architects and other technical experts and will take care of the secretarial duties with owners and the Architectural Review Committee.
The application process normally includes:
- Review and assessment of documentation submitted by the applicant.
- Issue of a request for information, if necessary.
- Issue of an approval with, or without conditions.
There are further issues you need to consider in addition to the physical renovation and how you perform it.
You have to reflect on how your renovation affects the rest of your Strata community – communicate before you renovate.
Noisy renovations can cause nuisance to your neighbours and your by-laws may specify a time for when renovations actually can be carried out.
If you would like more information specific to your scheme, contact your Community Manager directly.
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