What this means for Waikato District
Our district spans across a medium and low seismic risk area, a map of which can be found under related documents at the end of this page. That means our Council has between 5 and 10 years (from 1 July 2017) to identify potentially earthquake-prone buildings within our district.
For information on the methodology used, visit the MBIE website.
Council will inform building owners of a potential earthquake-prone status of their building. Building owners have 12 months to respond to this notice, that is, to confirm or disprove this status.
This will generally require an engineering assessment for their building.
If Council determines that a building is earthquake prone, it needs to:
- assign an earthquake rating for that building,
- issue an earthquake-prone buildings notice to the owner to display prominently on the building, and,
- publish the building information on the earthquake-prone buildings register.
Owners of earthquake-prone buildings who have received a notice must take action within set time frames. The time frames depend on whether the building is a priority building, and the seismic risk area that the building is located in.
Because Waikato district spans across a medium and low seismic risk area, the timeframe to carry out seismic work on buildings identified as an earthquake-prone building between 12.5 and 35 years.