Types of Renovations

There are three types of renovations for strata homes:

  1. cosmetic work
  2. minor renovations, or
  3. major renovations.

Cosmetic work: 

Owners can do cosmetic work without approval. This includes day-to-day work such as:

  • installing or replacing hooks, nails or screws for hanging paintings or other things on walls
  • installing or replacing handrails within your lot
  • interior painting
  • filling minor holes and cracks in internal walls.
  • laying carpet
  • installing or replacing internal blinds and curtains

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Cosmetic work DOES NOT include:

  • work involving structural changes
  • work that changes the external appearance of a lot
  • work that detrimentally affects the safety of a lot or common property, including fire safety systems,
  • work involving waterproofing or the plumbing or exhaust system of a building in a strata scheme,
  • work involving reconfiguring walls,
  • work for which consent or another approval is required under any other Act

Note:

  • It is an owners corporation requirement to schedule cosmetic works of a lot with the building manager and in some cases pay a bond.
  • It is an owners corporation requirement that all contractors hold public liability and workers compensation insurance. You will be required to provide the relevant documentation.

SSMA 2015 Section 109

Minor renovations:

The owners corporation has passed a by-law (49) which allows the strata committee to approve minor renovations in some cases. Other minor renovations would require owners corporation approval, over 50 percent of the votes at a general meeting.

By-law 49: Within the meaning of section 110(6)(b) 0f the Strata Schemes Management Act 2015 the owners corporation is permitted to delegate its functions under section 110 of that Act to the strata committee.

Minor renovations include:

  • renovating a kitchen
  • changing recessed light fittings
  • installing or replacing wood or other hard floors
  • installing or replacing wiring or cabling or power or access points
  • work involving reconfiguring walls
  • installation of an approved storage unit within your car space
  • installation of an approved parliament hinge.

SSMA 2015 Section 110 & Strata Schemes Management Regulation 2016 Reg 28

Minor renovations DO NOT include:

  • work involving structural changes
  • work that changes the external appearance of a lot
  • work that detrimentally affects the safety of a lot or common property, including fire safety systems,
  • work involving waterproofing or the plumbing or exhaust system of a building in a strata scheme,
  • work involving reconfiguring walls,
  • work for which consent or another approval is required under any other Act

Note: In certain situations, the Strata Committee may agree to allow alterations to the common property, nominally in the Owners Corporation name, on the giving of an indemnity by the owner to meet the Owners Corporation’s costs and to meet any future repair or maintenance

Major renovations

Major renovations include:

  • structural changes
  • waterproofing
  • changes affecting the outside appearance of the property, such as an awning
  • work that needs approval under other laws (for example, council approval)

Note: Major renovations, that require council approval, must be first approved by the owners corporation.

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