Community titles

Community title schemes

A community title scheme applies when two or more separately owned lots share at least one communal space/amenities lot that is jointly maintained by the owners through a body corporate. 

For example:

  • an apartment building with each apartment owned separately, but with common property such as a swimming pool or gym
  • a group of townhouses, each owned separately, but with a common space such as parkland, swimming pool, children's park and BBQ area.

In the ACT, the land involved in a community title scheme must be in a single area. It cannot be divided by anything other than a road, a body of water (other than a lake within the meaning of the Lakes Act 1976), or an area defined in the relevant regulations.

The community title scheme must be registered and include each of the lots involved in the scheme. The body corporate, which maintains the common property, is established on registration of a community title scheme.

A community title scheme development may be built in stages.

Undeveloped, partially developed or fully developed land may be included in a community title scheme. Lots may be added or removed from a community title scheme on approval by the Planning and Land Authority, provided at least three leases remain in a single area, one of which is common property.

Two or more community title schemes may be amalgamated subject to approval by the Planning and Land Authority.

Get approval

To apply for approval, complete a community title application form and community title checklist.

The proponent must sign the application and if the proponent is not the Crown lessee of each lot in the community title scheme, the application must also be signed by the Crown lessees of each of the lots in that scheme. This application must also include all requisite documents as set out in the form and checklist, including:

  • a master plan for developing the land
  • a management statement
  • body corporate constituent documents
  • bylaws of the body corporate and
  • for staged developments, details of the stages, and the sequence of those stages.

How to begin

Contact us to discuss making an application.

See the relevant legislation.