Pets, Parking and Parties – Christmas Edition

At the beginning of October SSKB and MBA Lawyers hosted a Strata Seminar where Solicitor Clayton Glenister spoke regarding the three P’s: pets, parking and parties.

With the festive season in full swing there is no better time for SSKB to educate our clients on the three P’s as the festive season means more parties, pets, family time and more!


As the old saying goes, pets aren’t just for Christmas, they are for life. Coming into the Christmas season many families have puppies, kittens, fish and other pets on their list.

The process for applying for a pet in a Strata scheme usually involves submitting a form with details regarding the pet such as age, breed, insurance etc. This form will then need to be approved usually by the owner of the lot and the Committee.

Each Strata scheme is different and has its own by-laws regarding animals so reading your schemes by-laws is always a good place to start. Alternatively, your Community Manager will be able to provide you with any information on the by-laws regarding pets in your scheme.

Some of the key points from Clayton Glenisters presentation included:

  • There is no such thing as a blanket ‘no pet’ ban in Body Corporate
  • The best way to control pets in a building is to ensure the Body Corporate has a strong set of By-laws which places reasonable restrictions on pets.
  • By-laws should be regularly updated to sure they are still relevant


Christmas is the season of festivities and Strata properties are great places to host.

When inviting your guests to attend your celebrations it is a great opportunity to let them know the best ways for them to travel to your apartment and if they are driving, where to park.

Let your guests know if there is any street parking available near by or any car parks that are in walking distance. There may be limited amounts of visitor parking available over the Christmas period, so it is best to have back up options for your guests.

Some key points mentioned at the seminar from Clayton Glenister were:

  • BCCMA does not define visitor therefore there is only the dictionary definition
  • Regular visitors are still classed as visitors
  • All parked cars will fall into three different categories, Occupiers, Guest, Third Party – unknown.


As Christmas and the New Year approaches, Strata communities see the common property being utilised more frequently. The common property is a great place to host your celebrations over the festive season.
For Strata properties, while festivities are more than welcome, residents must be mindful of their neighbours.

Clayton Glenister made the following points at the seminar:

  • Parties must comply with Council restrictions
  • If a party turns into a local authority issue, Police should be contacted if required, not left for Committees and Bodies Corporate to handle

If you are considering taking advantage of your schemes roof top this New Years Eve it is important that you check with your scheme if you need to register for a spot on the roof top. If every resident has the same idea to invite their friends and family to the roof top to enjoy the fire work display, as you can imagine, not everyone will fit, and it will become unsafe.

Have you read your by-laws?

Every scheme has different by-laws in relation to parking, pets and parties. SSKB recommends you read the by-laws specific to your scheme. It may be a good idea to inform your guests of some certain rules when you invite them to ensure there are no complaints and all residents are kept happy.

It is a good idea to start checking your by-laws now so you can orgainise your festivities and check with your Community Manger if there are any rules you don’t understand.

We hope all our clients enjoy their end of year festivities and celebrations!

If you’re unhappy with your current Strata Manager and would like a fresh start for your scheme in the New Year, click here to request a quote.

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