The Council issues a section 124 notice to require the owner of a building to do work, erect a hoarding, fence or warning sign, or to take action regarding earthquake-prone buildings.

The notice is issued under the Building Act 2004.

Notice received

If you have received a notice from the Christchurch City Council indicating that your building has been assessed as being earthquake-prone, you have six months to respond to the Council.

We recommend that you consult a structural engineer for professional advice and guidance on how your building would perform in an earthquake.

You can send us your engineering assessment and one of our engineers will review the information if you disagree with the notice. If 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 continue to issue you with a yellow section 124 notice.

Yellow and red notices

There are two types of notice:

  • Yellow notice is for general buildings and means that the building has been assessed as earthquake-prone and the owner has 15, 20 or 30 years to strengthen or demolish the building.
  • Red notice prohibits anyone from using or occupying the building. It also advises the final date by when the owner must have strengthened or demolished the building. This is because the building could be unsafe or unstable.
    The Council may consider further action to force the owner to do strengthening or demolition, including legal action, if the owner has failed to comply with a red notice.

Displaying the notice

A copy of any notice issued by the Council must be fixed to the building by Council officers and must not be removed or relocated without the Council’s approval.

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

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