Strata titles are a means of property subdivision and allow for multiple ownership. Landgate is responsible for the final approval and issuance of strata titles.
A strata title is a means of dividing up a property title to allow for multiple ownership.
Who is responsible for approving strata titles?
The City of Cockburn only forms a part of the approval process for strata titles. Plans are lodged with Landgate for their endorsement and issue of a Strata Title.
A property owner seeking to strata title a property would need to determine if it meets all requirements to allow it to be strata titled. A Licensed Land Surveyor will need to assist with the preparation of the Strata Title documents and facilitate the process. Licensed Land Surveyors can be found in the Yellow Pages.
Prior to commencing the strata process, the City recommends that the property owner establishes that any existing buildings and alterations are authorised and any required approvals from all relevant agencies have been issued.
From the City's aspect, if any relevant City approvals do not exist, then it is strongly recommended that retrospective applications for approval be submitted to the City and approval obtained, before the strata approval process is initiated by the property owner.
Built Strata Title
Built strata titles are relvant to a building on a lot and are generally dealt with by the City's Building Services. Built strata title plans need to show the area and size of a proposed building on a lot.
Survey Strata Title
Survey strata tiltes are relevant to the land only and may not necessarily include buildings. Survey strata title plans do not generally show the floor area of a proposed building. The City of Cockburn's Statutory Planning Services deal wtih Survey Strata Title Applications as a separate process.
If a proposed strata property is found to include unauthorised building works or without an approved occupancy permit (Class 2-9 buildings) or without an approved building approval certificate (Class 1-10 buildings), then the appropriate application should be made to the City and approval obtained.
An owner may request copies of previous approvals issued by the City to confirm that the appropriate approvals are in place.
Please submit a Request for copies of building plans form.
Either application as is applicable, must include the relevant application form (BA13 - building approval certificate
or BA9 - occupancy permit
) along with a certificate of building compliance (form BA18) from a registered building surveying contractor. The BA18 confirms that the building substantially complies with the applicable building standards and must reference plans, specifications and technical documents that confirm compliance.
It must be noted that applications for a building approval certificate or occupancy permit can be submitted to address multiple issues concurrently. Please review both forms for clarity. See the 'Purpose of application' section of both forms.
Applications are to be submitted via the Council's online lodgement system (Online Services eProperty).
Any relevant application forms can be sourced from the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety website (formerly Building Commission).
Please contact Building Services for more information on 08 9411 3444 or at [email protected]