Building FAQs

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  1. What are the requirements for the approval of extensions and alterations?
  2. Do I need building insurance for my unit?
  3. Do I need contents insurance?
  4. What paint or stain colours can I use on the outside of my unit?
  5. Can I install a rainwater tank?

What are the requirements for the approval of extensions and alterations?

All proposed structures and external alterations to units require the approval of the Corporation. Alterations that require approval by ACTPLA require the seal of the Body Corporate. Alterations that do not require ACTPLA approval such as kitchen or bathroom renovation should be advised to the Managing Agent as these may change the value of the unit with implications for insurance cover.

Proposals must be submitted to the Corporation in writing with details of dimensions, materials, and other information that would be necessary for the Corporation to make a decision on the proposal. Written evidence must also be provided to show that neighbours who may be affected have been consulted on the proposal.

Principles have been established for proposed structures that will normally be approved by the Corporation.

Do I need building insurance for my unit?

Insurance of buildings and grounds is the responsibility of he Owners Corporation under Section 132 of the Unit Titles Act 2001. The insurance policy covers those fixtures and fittings which would not be removed should the unit be sold. So the buildings policy covers carpets, wall ovens, blinds and awnings and built-in cupboards but not refrigerators, microwave ovens, washing machines or personal effects.

The insurance premium is paid by members through the annual levy contribution. The current insurance premium is about 25% of the annual levy.

Do I need contents insurance?

Owners and residents are responsible for obtaining insurance for the contents of their unit. In general, contents are defined as those items, such as refrigerators, washing machines, furniture, computers and personal effects, which would be removed should the unit be sold or vacated. Owners are also advised to obtain private accident insurance along with normal home contents and public risk insurance as the Body Corporateā€™s public liability insurance policy does not cover owners.

What paint or stain colours can I use on the outside of my unit?

External timbers should be treated with a finish that is dark brown with a blackish tone. This is as close as practicable to the original Wattyl Umber oil stain that allowed the wood grain to show through but which is no longer available. Available products described as 'Walnut' are often close in colour, for example, Sikkens Cetol HLS Walnut. Some 'natural' finishes may also be acceptable, even though they are slightly lighter in tone. Products described as 'Mission Brown' may be acceptable, although they vary greatly and many examples are too reddish or chocolate in tone and do not blend into the environment.

Can I install a rainwater tank?

Rainwater tanks, like other structural additions, require approval by the Corporation. Approval will normally be given provided that the tank does not extend beyond above or beyond the unit's wing wall and is of a shape and colour that is consistent with the visual amenity of the area.