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  • #57437
    Melanie
    Flatchatter

    Hi, Can anyone outline in plain speak the new rules for construction in Sydney buildings please? We live in a 2 apartment strata building and our new neighbour wants to start renovations soon (as in end Aug 2021).  Their apartment is empty, but obviously the building itself is not, as we are here! I’m confused about the lifting of lockdown rules (we are in Eastern Suburbs). I appreciate this is a moveable feast, but if anyone has any info.

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  • #57443
    Jimmy-T
    Keymaster

    I believe the current public health order is that work can continue provided there is not more than two workers in the residence at any given time.

    What does “in residence” mean? Pretty obvious in a house but an apartment block?

    I have written again to NSW Health, asking for some clarity, but don’t hold your breath.

     

    #57460
    kaindub
    Flatchatter

    My understanding of the current regulations is that residential building work can restart where there is no chance of contact between builders and residents.

    Inan apartment block that’s not going to be possible as the builders will share lifts, stairs and corridors with other residents.

    If your neighbour restarts the Reno’s and you are concerned,make a report to Crimestoppers.

    #57475
    Jimmy-T
    Keymaster

    My understanding of the current regulations is that residential building work can restart where there is no chance of contact between builders and residents.

    I’ve heard this too … probably doesn’t really help our Flatchatter who lives in a two-unit strata.  And you can bet there will be selfish buggers who will start the work, say they didn’t know but it’s too late to stop as that would be unsafe (as happened HERE).

     

    #57492
    Jimmy-T
    Keymaster

    I just heard from NSW Health that renovations can go ahead provided workers wear masks in common areas, there are no more than two tradies per apartment, and owners are not in the same room as workers when they are working.  It’s all HERE.

    #57496
    Melanie
    Flatchatter
    Chat-starter

    This is interesting, thank you. They are starting major renovations in an empty apartment (obviously sharing our lift) so I can’t imagine there will only be 2 tradies in there at one time. I suppose, do I care? The faster their work goes the better for us…as long as they keep the common areas clean and wipe the elevators etc every day.

     

    #57499
    Jimmy-T
    Keymaster

    What a grown-up attitude to it all!  Can I suggest you contact the owners and ask if they can impose time restrictions on noisy work?  Not before 8am and all drilling in concentrated periods, rather than stop and start all day.

    These are reasonable requests and if they get shirty, remind them of the two-worker rule and let their imaginations run riot.

    #57500
    Melanie
    Flatchatter
    Chat-starter

    Good suggestions. Thank you for following this up for me.

    #57520
    Jimmy-T
    Keymaster

    You may be spared after all.  This is on the Customer Service NSW website – the question is, who wins – Health or Fair Trading?

    Not allowed in your home

    Renovations, repairs, maintenance, and cleaning

    Restrictions apply to the following activities.

    Renovations including kitchens and bathrooms

    • Home renovations (such as kitchen renovations), other than to make the site safe and secure.
    • Bathroom renovations unless the work commenced prior to Saturday 17 July 2021 and there is no other functioning bathroom in the home.

    Cleaning, maintenance and repairs

    • General cleaning or gardening services for the household.
    • Maintenance or repair work that is not urgent.

    Heating and cooling

    • Installation of air conditioning and ventilation (unless it is urgently required for the health and safety of a person in the home).
    #57523
    Melanie
    Flatchatter
    Chat-starter

    ?! This is confusing, isn’t it?

    especially as it’s an empty apartment but in a strata building!

    #57527
    Jimmy-T
    Keymaster

    More confusion.  NSW government has just gone Oopsie! and Service NSW is being told to bring their advice into line with Health NSW.  So I’m afraid it’s “as you were!”

    #57528
    Melanie
    Flatchatter
    Chat-starter

    How do you stay sane! I’m glad you do, though, thanks

    #57541
    Jimmy-T
    Keymaster

    Here (below) are the latest rulings from NSW Health which supersede the previous erroneous advice on the Service NSW website.  By the way, the website seems to suggest there are special rules for “small construction sites” (10 workers or fewer in any 24-hour period) but I’m unable to find what they might be.

    However, Melanie’s neighbouring flat, being unoccupied,  could be considered a construction site under these regulations and may (or may not) require the builder to have registered a Covid Safety plan and QR codes for workers.

    It depends how NSW Health defines “unoccupied homes”.  But since they say “residence” means an apartment rather than an apartment building, the empty flat next door could be deemed a construction site with its own regulations (whatever they might be).

    Capacity limits for prescribed work

    Greater Sydney (excluding the local government areas of concern)

    If you are doing prescribed work at a home, you must ensure that

    • no more than 2 people are working in an indoor area at the same time;
    • a resident must stay in a separate indoor area to where the work is being carried out
    • no more than 5 people are working in an outdoor area at the same time.

    And “prescribed work”, allowed outside of the eight hot spot LGAs means …

    Prescribed work

    Prescribed work is renovation (alterations or additions), repair, maintenance or cleaning work.

    You do not need an exemption or confirmation from the NSW Government to do prescribed work or other work that is allowed.

    Prescribed work does not include renovations at unoccupied homes. The rules for construction applies to renovations at unoccupied homes.

    All work – including prescribed work – does not need to be necessary to be undertaken in Regional NSW or in Greater Sydney outside local government areas of concern.

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