Assistance with Heritage buildings and consenting.

Any earthquake work, either strengthening or demolition, requires the normal consenting process from the Council.

Heritage buildings

The Council can help owners with seismic strengthening of listed heritage buildings.

The Heritage Team offers free advice(external link), including exploring options for work which balances the owners' needs for continued functional use of the building with appropriate conservation methodologies.

Some strengthening schemes have more impact on heritage fabric and values than others. Usually there is more than one option available. Sometimes a less intrusive strengthening approach can also be less expensive. The Heritage Team has experience with what has worked well in other heritage buildings.

Strengthening works to listed heritage buildings may require a Resource Consent.

Owners of heritage items listed in the District Plan are eligible to apply for funding from the Council’s Heritage Incentive Grants Fund. The Central City Landmark grants support the retention, repair and upgrade of key landmark heritage buildings within the Central City.

Grants may be available to assist with repairs, seismic upgrades and building code compliance upgrades to facilitate ongoing use and appropriate adaptive re-use. Initial contact should be made to the Heritage team on 03 941 8999.

Partnership approvals service

The Council operates a case management service where dedicated case managers assist commercial customers through all Council approval processes, including consenting.

The process starts at the initial concept stage and continues with support right through to completion.

The service is used by customers of all technical capabilities so is beneficial whether you’re engaging industry professionals or are struggling with the requirements.

If you’re interested in saving time and being well prepared, check out the information on Partnership Approvals to see if your project qualifies.