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Posted 03 February 2021
Category: Strata, Renovations, Urban Renewal
In order to obtain development consent conditions from a development application the Local Council needs the consent of the owner of the land.
If an owners application involves the common property the owners corporation’s consent to the lodgement of that development application is required to enable development consent conditions to issue.
NSW Civil and Administration Tribunal under section 232(6) of the Strata Schemes Management Act 2015 has the jurisdiction to make an order to effectively provide that consent if the owners corporation refuses.
“Disputes relating to consent to development applications The Tribunal must consider the interests of all the owners of lots in a strata scheme in the use and enjoyment of their lots and the common property in determining whether to make an order relating to a dispute concerning the failure of an owners corporation for a strata scheme to consent to the making of a development application under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 relating to common property of the scheme.”
In the case of The Owners – Strata Plan No. 91157 v Yoolee Holdings Pty Ltd; Yoolee Holdings Pty Ltd v The Owners – Strata Plan No. 91157  NSWCATAP 6, the Tribunal’s Appeal Panel considered and refused an application for such consent. Just briefly:
The case is authority for the proposition that an owners corporation can still refuse to provide it’s consent to a development application. However, equally, the Tribunal has the power to make orders to compel an owners corporation to consent to the development application if an applicant is successful in the proceedings.
There still remains the ongoing ‘chicken and egg’ question as to what should an owner obtain first, being a by-law or the consent for the development application. However, the Appeal Panel did not consider this issue it really depend on the individual facts.
In light of the above, if you are having questions about a development application in your strata scheme, we have considerable experience and expertise in this area and can help.
***The information contained in this article is general information only and not legal advice. The currency, accuracy and completeness of this article (and its contents) should be checked by obtaining independent legal advice before you take any action or otherwise rely upon its contents in any way.