Changes under the Building (Earthquake-prone Buildings) Amendment Act 2016
On 1 July 2017, the Building (Earthquake-prone Buildings) Amendment Act 2016 came into effect.
This supersedes the earthquake-prone buildings section of Auckland Council’s Earthquake-prone, Dangerous and Insanitary Building Policy.
We will write to building owners affected by the legislation change with further information. Letters will be sent between November 2017 and mid-2019, depending on local board area.
Structures that the act applies to
The act applies to commercial buildings and some residential buildings.
Residential buildings are only covered under the act if they:
- comprise two or more storeys and three or more household units,
- or are used as hostels, boarding houses or other types of specialised accommodation.
The act does not apply to:
- farm buildings
- stand-alone retaining walls
- statues and other monuments that cannot be entered
- storage tanks.
Previous earthquake-prone building assessments
If you own a building that was assessed as not earthquake-prone under our initial evaluation programme, then you don't need to take any further action.
If you own a building that was assessed as earthquake-prone under our initial evaluation programme, you can either:
New earthquake-prone building assessments
If you choose to undertake a new assessment using the MBIE methodology, the result of the assessment will supersede any existing seismic assessment rating.
You will have 12 months from the date you receive written notification from us to carry out a new assessment.
You will need to cover the cost of a new assessment.
Extension to provide an earthquake-prone building assessment
An extension of up to 12 months may be available if you are unable to provide an assessment by the due date.
You have to apply for an extension at least two months before the initial due date.
Apply for an extension to provide an earthquake-prone building assessment