08 September 2016

Have your say: Government seeks feedback on earthquake-prone buildings proposals


The Government has begun consultation on two discussion documents relating to earthquake-prone buildings. In Proposals for Regulations under the Building (Earthquake-prone Buildings) Amendment Act 2016 the Government proposes regulations in the following areas:

  • Defining the meaning of “ultimate capacity” to clarify the level of seismic performance required to help councils determine whether a building is earthquake prone
  • The criteria for the level of other building work that will trigger the need for early seismic strengthening to be carried out
  • Specifying the characteristics earthquake-prone buildings must have to be considered for exemptions from the requirement to undertake remedial work
  • Establishing an earthquake rating system that provides a measure of a building’s expected performance during an earthquake
  • The appearance of public notices describing an earthquake-prone building’s level of seismic risk.

In Proposals for a methodology to identify earthquake-prone buildings the Government sets out proposed methodology for councils to identify earthquake-prone buildings. The methodology will also outline the criteria for acceptable engineering assessments, allowing councils to make informed decisions about whether buildings are earthquake prone.

IPENZ intends to prepare submissions in response to these discussion documents. If you are interested in contributing to IPENZ’s submission, email Policy Advisor Tracey Ayre

Submissions close 15 December.

To find out more see Minister Nick Smith’s media release and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s website