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  • #58053
    annoyed007
    Flatchatter

    Has anyone familiarised themselves with the new requirements to renovate a class 2 building (residential apartment). We have an unliveable apartment and paid a significant amount of money for plans, engineers drawing etc and for approval from our owners corporation to renovate.

    On 1 July when the new regulation kicked in, no certifier would agree to work on the job due to new requirements and the practitioners we used were not registered to work on class 2 building (a new requirement which no one mentioned). Not one person involved in this debacle (builder, architect and engineer) has any understanding of the new requirements.

    The planning portal doesn’t work half the time and we had to get special permission to be considered ‘developers’ just to lodge plans, a new requirement. We are stuck in temp accommodation and don’t seem to be able to progress this straightforward renovation , having already spent thousands on practitioners whose drawings we cannot use.

    The planning department staff have admitted this is almost impossible to navigate for the average owner just wanting to renovate internally under CDC.  We have an unliveable apartment sitting vacant and no one can help us navigate these new regulations.

    Absolutely in support of rigorous processes for renovations given the history of defects but surely your average renovator shouldn’t have to go through the same process as a developer building a new block of apartments? We are homeless and there’s no end in sight to this.

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  • #58054
    annoyed007
    Flatchatter
    Chat-starter

    Should read that we have owners corporation approval- we did not pay a significant amount for that!

    #58059
    Jimmy-T
    Keymaster

    Can you give us an idea of which local government or council area you are in?

    #58066
    annoyed007
    Flatchatter
    Chat-starter

    Lower North Shore area

    #58077
    Jimmy-T
    Keymaster

    You have my sympathy but someone knows how to do this – renovations are going on all over the place.  Maybe you need a project manager.

    #58118
    kaindub
    Flatchatter

    If you need to go to a DA, then it can’t be a simple renovation for a strata. And given the level of reports and plans you mention, it must be some renovation.

    Im sure your architect would be capable of project managing your renovation and getting you through the red tape.

    For people unfamiliar with the building process the whole exercise looks very disjointed.

    #58269
    annoyed007
    Flatchatter
    Chat-starter

    This is brand new legislation- it has significantly changed the requirements for trades and owners working on class two buildings. it’s not a DA. In time the impact will be felt by people wishing to do minor renovations to apartments and I expect more people will post. For owners corporations, it might be useful for them to know that only tradesman, architects and engineers registered to work on class two buildings can be used.

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