It’s not compulsory for a village to have rules. If there are rules in place, a copy must be attached to every resident's village contract.
Village rules do not apply to the strata or community scheme sections of the village.
Village rules cover:
- visitors and guests
- garbage disposal
- car parking and speed limits
- the use of services or facilities
- the external appearance of resident’s premises
- gardening and landscaping
- the use of motorised wheelchairs, and
- other restrictions on the use of communal areas.
Changing the rules
A group of residents or the residents committee can write a request to the village operator suggesting a change to the rules. The operator can also suggest changes.
Fair Trading has developed a set of model rules (DOC, 201 KB).
A group of residents requesting a change must be a minimum of:
- 10 percent of the total residents, or if the village has less than 10 occupied units: 5 residents, or
- residents from a majority of the occupied residential premises in the village.
The operator will hold a meeting of residents within 28 days after receiving the request. The residents will have a special resolution vote which means 75 percent of the votes need to support the change. The operator will notify the residents of the outcome within seven days.If this change affects the annual budget, the operator must get approval to update the budget.
A resident or operator can apply to the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal if they object or have a problem with any rules.