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 and is now embedded in the Building Act 2004 (the Act).
This supersedes the earthquake-prone buildings section of Auckland Council’s former Earthquake-prone, Dangerous and Insanitary Building Policy.
We will be writing to owners of potentially earthquake prone buildings within the region to request that they provide an engineering assessment.
Those contacted for this reason will have 12 months from the date of their written notification from us to carry out the engineering assessment.
Building owners will need to cover the cost of the engineering assessment themselves.
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.
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