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  • Board approval for renovations

    Posted by Ingrid Cunningham on June 15, 2023 at 12:44 pm

    What would be the general guideline for obtaining board approval for renovations. Our by-laws are silent on this topic, other than stating need to get board approval for renovations. Specific item came up recently: Replacement of appliances. Would this be something that we should need to have board approval? Appliances are not included in our SUID, so my thought is that this isn’t something that the Board would need or should address. Likely we should update our by-laws to address/clarify this

    Wesley Karges replied 5 months, 2 weeks ago 3 Members · 2 Replies
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  • Terry Gibson

    June 16, 2023 at 1:33 pm


    In my experience, it is an important bylaw clause to require board approval of improvements or major renovations. Of particular interest: anything that might impact other owners.

    For example:

    In an apartment-style condo, most condos require underlays to protect owners below – to reduce sounds.

    We heard of a case where someone removed a bearing wall, impacting the structural integrity of the building.

    Some concrete buildings have post-tension cables – drilling into the slab should only be taken under engineering supervision for the safety of the renovator and the building.

    If replacing windows (may or may not be an owner’s responsibility), purchasing windows that look the same as others in the building is important. Mixed windows make a complex look poor. It is essential to ensure that the windows are installed not to allow any water ingress into the exterior wall systems.

    When in doubt, some condos should consult engineering expertise.

    Laypersons may not be aware of the impact of changes on their unit on others.

    I hope this helps! Terry

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  • Wesley Karges

    June 21, 2023 at 12:18 pm

    Hi Ingrid- This is a great question and you’re not alone. Plenty of condo corps in Alberta have vague approval processes for renovations in their bylaws, if anywhere.

    That said, I think any reasonable board would have a difficult time deeming an appliance removal/replacement as a “renovation”, especially if it’s not clarified in the bylaws.

    Certainly something to consider adding to the bylaws during the next round of reviews.

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