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Rapid building assessments
If a natural disaster causes damage, we have a statutory and community obligation to carry out rapid building assessments under the Civil Defence Emergency Management Act 2002 and Building Act 2004.
What a rapid building assessment is
A rapid building assessment is a central government process that we carry out immediately after a natural disaster or extreme weather event to ensure that a building is safe to use.
The purpose of a rapid building assessment
We carry out rapid building assessments to determine whether:
- a building is safe to occupy
- a building poses a potential safety risk to people and other property
- land instability poses a potential risk.
Receiving a placard following a rapid building assessment
Following a rapid building assessment, a property will receive either a white, yellow, or red placard.
Placards are a legal instruction and they must be placed on the building. If it is not safe to stick it to the building, it can be displayed where it is safe.
Only authorised officials can place, change, remove or advise on removing the placards.
White placards are an exception as they expire 21 days after they are issued. You can remove them after they expire.
Placards issued to properties after a natural disaster to learn about placards and what different coloured stickers mean for your property.
Once we issue a placard, you will need to arrange a more detailed assessment of the home or building. See
Actions you need to take after we issue a placard for more information on next steps.
Rapid building assessment case managers
If your property is given a yellow or red placard, you will be assigned a rapid building assessment (placards) case manager.
Your case manager can help you with information about:
- the government’s rapid building assessment and placarding process
- the steps towards repairing damage to a property
- whether you need a building or resource consent
- legislative requirements in relation to the Building Act 2004 and Resource Management Act 1991.
Your case manager can also check on enquiries you have already made.
email@example.com if you have a yellow or red placarded property and have not been contacted by your case manager.
|Placards issued to properties after a natural disaster||https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/recovery-extreme-weather-disasters/recover-disaster/help-buildings-land-compliance/Pages/placards-issued-properties-after-natural-disaster.aspx||Placards issued to properties after a natural disaster||Learn about the different placards that can be applied to properties after a severe weather event or natural disaster.||aspx||Environment consultation|
|Property categorisation and resolution in storm affected areas||https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/recovery-extreme-weather-disasters/property-categorisation-resolution||Property categorisation and resolution in storm affected areas||Find out about risk assessments and categories for affected residential properties and properties that may be considered high risk in future events.||aspx||Civil defence
|Help for individuals after a natural disaster||https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/recovery-extreme-weather-disasters/recover-disaster/help-individuals||Help for individuals after a natural disaster||Learn about the help and wellbeing support that is available to you after an extreme weather event or a natural disaster.||aspx||Civil defence
|Actions you need to take after we issue a placard||https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/recovery-extreme-weather-disasters/recover-disaster/help-buildings-land-compliance/Pages/actions-take-after-issue-placard.aspx||Actions you need to take after we issue a placard||Find out what to do after your rapid building assessment has been carried out.||aspx||Environment consultation|
|Request temporary access to your red placarded property||https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/recovery-extreme-weather-disasters/recover-disaster/help-buildings-land-compliance/Pages/request-temporary-access-red-placarded-property.aspx||Request temporary access to your red placarded property||Find out when you can access properties with placards.||aspx||Environment consultation|
|What is a consent and do you need one?||https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/building-and-consents/Pages/what-is-consent.aspx||What is a consent and do you need one?||Find out what a resource consent and a building consent are, and how to check if you need one.||aspx||Building consents