The Building (Earthquake-prone Buildings) Amendment Act 2016(external link) and how it affects buildings after the commencement date of 1 July 2018.

Main changes

  • There is a centralised national register(external link) for all earthquake-prone buildings in New Zealand. This means individual councils no longer need to have a register.
  • The country is divided into three seismic risk areas – high, medium and low. Christchurch is in the high seismic risk area.
  • A category of priority buildings is identified, which require urgent strengthening. Examples of priority buildings include:
    • hospitals and other buildings used by emergency services
    • buildings likely to be needed in an emergency as an emergency shelter/centre
    • education buildings occupied by at least 20 people (including early childhood centres, schools, private training and tertiary institutes).

What these rules mean for priority buildings in Christchurch

If the Council issues an earthquake-prone building notice on a priority building in accordance with Section 133AP(external link), the owner has to complete remedial work or demolish the building within 7.5 years of the date of the original notice.

What these rules mean for other buildings in Christchurch

If the Council issues an earthquake-prone building notice in accordance with Section 133AP(external link), remedial work or demolition of the building must be completed within 15 years of the date of the notice.

Further information from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

Managing earthquake-prone buildings(external link).