Improve a building’s ability to withstand the effects of earthquakes – and the safety of those in and around it.
In accordance to the Building Act 2004, section 124 and Council's Earthquake Prone Policy 2011, Council will be carrying out a series of seismic assessments. Council will start assessments on buildings built pre-1976 and priority buildings. A priority building being buildings with a high importance level (NZS1170) such as buildings that serve a post disaster function, schools and hospitals. These assessments are carried out by qualified CPeng engineers contracted by Council.
After a building has been assessed, we'll notify the building owner and affected parties of the outcome. The results will be disclosed in LIM (Land Information Memorandum) reports and recorded in the buildings file held by Council.
Buildings that won't be affected by the policy
Buildings that are used wholly or mainly for residential purposes unless the building:
If you apply for a building consent for anything other than very minor work, you’ll be required to strengthen your building as part of the consent. For more detail, read our Earthquake-prone Buildings Policy (PDF 324 kb).
If you want to do the work yourself, you must first get an ‘owner-builder exemption’ and complete a statutory declaration. Take a look at the MBIE website for more information and application forms. Note that future buyers of your house will be able to find out about the work you’ve done.
If you’d like a professional assessment of your home, the Quakecheck service can help. A qualified builder will visit your home to check things that are commonly damaged in an earthquake, such as the chimney, foundations, roof tiles and hot water cylinder.
The assessment costs $160 (including GST) no matter how long it takes, and you’ll get a written report setting out the priorities and indicative costs of any work needed to make your home safer.