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Currently sections 5B and 8A of the Strata Titles Act 1985 (STA) and section 50 of the Building Act 2011 (Building Act) require a person lodging a strata plan for registration, or to re-subdivide a lot in a strata scheme under the STA, to obtain either:
This creates duplication and extra costs for a strata proponent because the Building Act also requires each owner of a Class 2 – 9 building to obtain a separate general occupancy permit to occupy the building.
However, both types of occupancy permit essentially demonstrate that the building is safe to occupy and use.
These requirements are replaced with new requirements for registering or amending a scheme plan (strata plan or survey-strata plan).
Under the Building Act for each strata scheme building, these include a requirement for an application to register or amend a scheme plan to be accompanied by either:
Whether an occupancy permit or building approval certificate is needed will depend on the building’s classification and circumstances as determined by the Building Act.
A strata proponent will no longer need to obtain an additional OP strata (BA12) or a BAC strata (BA16) in order to lodge such an application.
Amendments to the Building Regulations will:
The following changes to Building Act forms will be made at the same time section 50 of the Building Act is removed and changes are made to the Building Regulations.
Forms to be discontinued:
Forms to be amended for the applicant:
Forms to be amended for the permit authority:
These changes predominantly affect those currently applying for subdivision, or seeking to register a subdivision after 1 May 2020. This will mainly affect those undertaking development and design, as opposed to builders and trades generally.
A detailed breakdown of the changes, including a table of the proposed changes, can be found in Industry Bulletin 127 on the DMIRS website.
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