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The Building Act 2004 requires us to assess all commercial, industrial and school buildings – and residential buildings that are two or more storeys high and contain three or more household units.

On 13 May 2016, Parliament made changes to the Building Act and passed the Building (Earthquake-prone Buildings) Amendment Act 2016

The Amendment Act addresses problems with the current system for managing earthquake-prone buildings identified by the Canterbury Earthquakes Royal Commission and as part of a comprehensive government review. It also takes account of the views of the many submissions made during the development of the legislation.

An overview of the Amendment Act is available on the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE)’s Building Performance website It is anticipated that this new law will come into effect on 1 July 2017.

MBIE is currently seeking public submissions on proposals for Earthquake-prone building regulations and methodology which will clarify how the requirements of the Act will be met. Submissions close on 15 December 2016.

Until the Building (Earthquake -prone Buildings) Amendment Act 2016 comes into effect, the Building Act 2004 and Council’s existing policy remain in place.