BBQs, Pools, Gyms, Summer! Get your By-laws Right!

By laws Right

BBQs, Pools and Gyms By-laws

Hot summer weather and the festive season is upon us and what a better time for lot owners and tenants to get fit, have a dip and pull out the barbie on a balmy summers day.

As the weather warms up to higher temperatures, so does the festive cheer. We recommend that reviewing and updating the following by-laws to help ensure that strata block has clear rules and a stress free summer festive season.  

BBQs – Fire Safety and Smoke Drift

For safety and smoke drift purposes it is highly recommended that a comprehensive by-law regulating (sometimes prohibiting) the use of BBQs on balconies.  

Regulations on the type of BBQs such as

  • Smokers
  • Open fires
  • Storage of LPG bottles, inflammable liquids and other substances and materials

All of these items should be considered as part of your by-laws.

Pools – Don’t Ignore the Potential Risks

A communal pool in strata has its benefits, but the risks cannot be ignored that’s why it’s important to have a clear set of communal rules in the form of a by-law to ensure everyone stays safe.

A by-law with clear communal rules such as:

  • ‘No running’, ‘no diving (in shallow water)’ and ‘no bringing of glass’ at the pool are all great ways to help ensure everyone’s safety.
  • Electricity and water do not mix well, so it’s important to minimise the risk of accidents by limiting electrical use around pools.
  • And…who can and cannot use the pool.

Gyms – Reduce your Risks

Like pools, gyms in strata complexes have many benefits however come with safety risks and that’s why it’s critical to have a set of by-law rules to ensure everyone’s safety.

  • Keeping noise to a minimum
  • Hours of gym operation
  • Use and cleaning of equipment and more.

Our specialist team of strata lawyers have been developing and reviewing by-laws for over 40 years. So, if you’re looking for a by-law or a review, we’d be happy to assist.

Prepared by
Adrian Mueller

Author: Adrian Mueller