What a property risk assessment is
On 1 May, the New Zealand Government released an
Update on assessment of affected properties post cyclone and flooding outlining the three property risk categories.
A risk assessment helps us determine:
- how likely it is that future severe weather events would pose a risk to life
- whether there is a way this risk could be managed so it is safe for people to live there.
It gives us the information needed to apply a
risk category to your property.
Register your property details online
If you believe your property has a high risk for flooding or storm damage, you can register your property details online, even if you have not received a property categorisation.
This includes homes that were damaged in the recent storms but did not receive a placard following a council rapid building assessment.
To find out how we use the information you provide on the form, see
How we use your flooding and landslide information.
How to register your property
Complete the form to register your property details with Auckland Council.
Flooding and landslide registration form
If you need to add or change any details after you have submitted the Flooding and landslide registration form, email them to
Important risk assessment considerations
The risk assessment gives us the information we need to apply a risk category to your property.
A risk assessment has two parts:
- An initial desk assessment based on existing information and any information you provide. This gives an indication of whether your property is likely to be low or high risk. It also tells us if a site assessment is needed.
- An on-site assessment to look at your physical property. This will be required if we think your home could be high risk.
The site assessments will look at whether there are changes that can be made at your property or in the surrounding area to reduce the future risk to the home of serious flooding or landslides.
The position of your property in relation to flood protection infrastructure and stormwater systems is an important factor. See
Property risk categories for details.
Our assessment of properties will also consider the outcome of the current
Geotechnical programmes in Muriwai, Piha and Karekare.
If there are not any practical and financially viable solutions and there is a risk to life, then it is likely your property will be Category 3.
Next steps, if you are waiting for a risk category
We need to carry out thousands of assessments
If you haven’t received an email from us yet, please understand we are working through a large number of submissions.
We will get to your property as soon as we can.
You can also
Get your own geotechnical report at your own cost.
Property buyouts once a category is confirmed
We are still in discussions with central government on:
- funding arrangements
- how a buyout scheme for Category 3 homes will work
- funding for work needed to protect Category 2 homes.
We hope to be able to share more details soon.
We know that many displaced families in Auckland are doing it tough, but we’re trying to balance the need to move quickly with the need to make important decisions and get them right.