Do you need Owner’s Corporation approval for installation of soundproofing seals to the existing timber front door of the unit?
The door itself would be left unchanged but seals would be installed, again for the purposes of noise reduction.
Answer: You need to consider whether or not the door is on or in common property.
You need to consider whether or not the door is on or in common property. If it is, this would require consent (at the very least) of the Owners Corporation. Your manager will confirm this for you.
If you have determined the door is private property, then you only have several points to cover off.
For example, if you do not intend to change the external appearance of the door, then you shouldn’t need to seek consent of the Owners Corporation under 5.2 of the Model Rules. If it will change the appearance, again you will need Owners Corporation consent.
Regardless, one very important factor to confirm is whether the door is classified as a fire door.
If so, there may be requirements which must be adhered to when modification works are undertaken. Fire doors are often standard in front doors of apartments for safety. Any changes to the seal of the door or frame may result in altering fire ratings or intended fire safety for your apartment.
It is critical to check that the changes you intend to carry out will not void any fire safety compliance of the building.