What are By-Laws and who must comply with them

A strata building is effectively a small residential community where the activities and attitudes of occupants can have a significant impact on the satisfaction and enjoyment of others.

Each strata scheme has its own by-laws, which are a set of rules that govern such things as the behaviour of residents and the use of common property or the procedure & conditions to follow when undertaking a particular activity or request etc.  These by-laws apply to all lot owners, residents and occupants of a strata scheme.

Therefore, it is important to be aware of your responsibilities and obligations when you own or live in a strata unit or apartment. The by-laws can vary significantly from scheme to scheme and it is important to understand the by-laws that apply to Bayview.

A copy of Bayview’s by-laws is kept on the strata roll and is available here or from our Strata Manager.

  • An Owner or Occupier must not make any Alterations to a Lot, except with the Committee’s prior written approval.
  • An approval may be given on such conditions as the Committee considers appropriate and reasonable in the circumstances to ensure that the Alterations do not: affect the visual amenity of the Scheme Land; are not likely to promote a breach of the Act or these by-laws; and does not adversely affect the structure.
  • All requests for Alterations are to be accompanied by any necessary plans and approvals (such as Council approval) and must be approved by the Committee prior to the commencement of the work. All costs associated with obtaining the approvals are to be paid by the Owner.
  • Tradespeople are only to use parking spaces allocated by the Building Manager.
  • Jack hammering and construction noise is only permitted between the hours of 9.00am and 2.00pm, Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays) and after reasonable warning has been provided to the Building Manager and other Occupiers.
  • All Alterations are to be carried out by suitably qualified, licensed and insured tradespeople. A current and original certificate of currency for each tradesperson is to be provided to the Committee, if reasonably requested.
  • All Alterations are to be carried out in accordance with relevant workplace health and safety regulations.
  • Trade waste must be disposed of reasonably and must not be placed on the Common Property or in the bins of other Lots without consent from those Occupiers.
  • Tools and machinery must not be washed down on Common Property.
  • Certification is to be received from the builder at the completion of the Alterations stating that the works conform to any plans approved by the City of Sydney Council and complies with all conditions imposed by the Committee (if any).
  • Any Common Property affected by the Alterations is to be cleaned as and when necessary and are to be left in a clean state at the end of each day. Any damage caused to the Common Property is to be paid by the owner.
  • Alterations are to be completed strictly between 7.00am and 5.00pm Monday to Friday and work is not to be undertaken on weekends or public holidays, unless authorised by the Committee.
  • Owners must enforce the Committee’s directions at all times.
  • All Owners who are granted approval to undertake Alterations must provide to the Building Manager a notice that can be distributed to the other Occupiers at the scheme regarding the scope, likely impact on Occupiers and duration of the Alterations.
  • An Occupier must not change any Utility Infrastructure within a Lot, except with the Committee’s written approval. The purpose of this by-law is to ensure that the Utility Infrastructure servicing other Lots and the Common Property is not affected in any manner.
  • The applicant must agree to pay the administrative costs associated with reviewing and arranging approval for the application and registration of the required by-law.