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    Hi All,

    I own a freestanding unit in Victoria, 1 of 4.

    How do I check when I require body corporate approval for a renovation? I would like to further understand this.

    I am looking to move the kitchen into my living room and make it an open plan kitchen. The water and gas pipes will need to be moved. How do I check if I need body corporate approval? Would be very useful to be directed to further guidance on the planning process/approvals generally involved.

    I have read online about the body corporate by-laws but i can’t seem to find this within the legal pack from when I purchased the unit. Is this is a document thats registered on title?

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    Owners Corporation Act in VIC http://classic.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/vic/consol_act/oca2006260/

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    just read the whole act.

    The rules need to be registered on title if the owners corporation has its own rules.

    Ours has not set its own rules and therefore the Model Rules seem to apply

    Schedule 1 outlines

    5 Lots

    5.1 Change of use of lots.

    5.2 External appearance of lots.

    5.3 Requiring notice to the owners corporation of renovations to lots.

    5.4 Times within which work on lots can be carried out.

    How do i know if I need to provide notice and if the other lot owners will need to vote and approve my renovation?

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