The Council issues a section 133AP/133AR notice to require the owner of an earthquake-prone building to do work; erect a hoarding, fence or warning sign; or to take action to strengthen or demolish the building where a life safety risk is present.

The notice is issued under the Building Act 2004(external link).

Notice received

If you have received a section 133AP/133AR notice from the Council indicating that your building has been assessed as earthquake prone and you do not agree with this assessment or have completed strengthening work, please send your engineering assessment or completion documentation to

One of our engineers will review the information providedIf our engineer’s review agrees with your information we will remove your building from the Earthquake-prone Building Register. If our engineer's review disagrees with your information we will contact you to let you know that your building remains on the Earthquake-prone Building Register and the section 133AP/133AR notice will continue to apply.

Displaying the notice

A copy of any section 133AP/133AR notice issued by the Council must be attached, in a prominent position, near to the main entrance to the building and must not be removed or relocated without the Council's approval. The building owner is committing an offence if they fail to attach the notice in accordance with section 133 AU of the Building Act 2004. If they are convicted of this offence, they are liable for a fine not exceeding $20,000.

The notice informs the public that they are entering and using a building that is earthquake-prone and that it may suffer damage in a moderate earthquake.

The Council will consider enforcement action if a notice is not displayed correctly.