Earthquake Prone Buildings


The Building (Earthquake-prone Buildings) Amendment Act 2016 came into effect on 1 July 2017 and outlines the regulatory requirements for earthquake-prone buildings.

A new formula for assessing criteria for substantial alterations to earthquake prone buildings came into effect in December 2019 and can be found in Section 11 of Building (Earthquake-prone Buildings) Amendment Act 2016 Part 2 Amendment to Building (Specified Systems, Change of Use and Earthquake-prone Buildings) Regulations 2005.

Alterations must be completed under a Building Consent (BC) Application. You will either need to apply for a Building Consent or an Exemption from the need of a Building Consent (the same form is used for both). It is important to note that an Exemption will be subject to being reviewed and approved by the Building Consent Authority. Please note that all building work must comply with the Building Code.

The applicable BC application form can be found on our Building Application Forms & Fact Sheets page.

If the strengthening work is completed under a Building Consent and a Code Compliance Certificate is applied for and issued, the status of the building can be amended and the building removed from the Earthquake Prone/Likely Earthquake Prone Building List.

If the strengthening work is completed under a Building Exemption then a Code Compliance Certificate will not be issued.

The applicant will be required to submit record of works certificates and producer statements to the Building Consent Authority, as outlined on the Building Exemption. Failure to provide this information means that the building will remain listed as an Earthquake prone building.

Waimakarari District has been designated as a high risk area due to its proximity to the Alpine Fault Line and this designates the periods of time that building owners with Earthquake prone buildings have to remediate by either strengthening or demolition or a combination of both. For buildings designated as priority buildings this period is 7.5 years from the date of notification, for all other buildings it is 15 years from the date of notification. You will receive a notice and a plaque to display on your building where applicable. Waimakariri District Council and the affected building owners have been in discussion regarding these requirements.


Earthquake Prone/Likely Earthquake Prone Building List

The following list is only as accurate as the information provided to the Council by structural engineers and building owners themselves.

Rangiora

  • 156 Ashley Street - old rugby clubrooms (only)
  • 25 Ashley Street - former Hammer Hardware building - currently being strengthened
  • 7 Durham Street
  • 13 Durham Street - residential use
  • 16 Edward Street - Waters & Farr Main Building
  • 97 High Street - Rangiora Showcase Jewellers, The Beauty Spot, Kong Ming, Hair on Victoria, Victoria Seafood & Pizza, Rangiora Flowers & Dairy, Harvey World Travel, Hair Handlers
  • 140 High Street - Country Lane, Rangiora Fish Supply, Accessory Shop, Lingerie Shop
  • 152A High Street - Propaganda. Priority Building
  • 190A High Street - Street Legal, Crema Café, GJ Gardner. Priority Building
  • 2 Edward Street - Concrete Storage Sheds
  • 436 High Street - Rangiora Lodge Motel - managers residence/office/motel rooms only
  • 144 Percival Street - Rangiora Toyota - workshop and storage areas
  • 71 Victoria Street - Liquorland - old portion
  • 5 Good Street - Rangiora Pipe Band Hall
  • 15 Albert Street - Salvation Army building
  • 90 Beach Road - accommodation block
  • 30 Church Street, Rangiora South
  • 137 Kippenberger Avenue - Brandts-Giesan McCormick Lawyers. Priority Building
  • 139 Kippenberger Avenue - Candrive Driver Training. Priority Building

Kaiapoi

  • 53 Fuller Street - Kaiapoi Cooperating Parish Church (older portion)
  • 35 Ranfurly Street - Kaiapoi Mill. Priority Building
  • Cnr Sewell & David Streets - Kaiapoi Gray Raven Scouts - closed
  • 12 Williams Street - Blue Skies - main hall and facilities centre only
  • 45 Williams Street - Kaiapoi Convenience Store
  • 118 & 122 Williams Street - Kaiapoi Podiatry, Save the Children
  • 121 Williams Street - Former Kaiapoi Florist
  • 127 Williams Street - Former Jacobs Bakery building
  • 129 Williams Street - Fenwicks Pharmacy
  • 158 Williams Street - Great Opportunity Shop
  • 160 Williams Street - Absolute Beauty
  • 162 Williams Street - Kaiapoi Fish & Chips, Barbers
  • 188 Williams Street - Former BNZ building. Priority Building
  • 176 Williams Street - Kaiapoi Subway
  • 14 Smith Street - Kaiapoi Rugby Football Club - older portion only
  • 62-68 Ohoka Road - Block of shops, Kaiapoi
  • 1 Dale Street - Patience & Nicholson Ltd. - older, unoccupied portion only

Oxford

  • 2 Main Street - Oxford Gas
  • 44 Main Street - Oxford Butchery
  • 85 Main Street - Oxford Budget Boutique, Oxford Union Church
  • 102 Main Street - Challenge Service Station
  • 133 High Street - Go Gas Oxford
  • 157 High Street - Oxford Motor Company
  • 159 Main Street - West Oxford Hotel
  • 60 High Street - Oxford Workingmen's Club - old portion only

Cust

  • 1646 Cust Road - Cust Bowling Club
  • 1673 Cust Road - Cedar Heights Hair Studio
  • 1685 Cust Road - Cust Plunket Rooms
  • 1699 Cust Road, Cust - Route 72 - kitchen area
  • 1709 Cust Road - Cust Pub

Other areas

  • 67 Main North Road - Hellers - building 1
  • 1473 Main North Road, Waikuku - The Mill
  • Cnr Pemberton and High Streets, Sefton - Sefton Public Library
  • 1330 Poyntzs Road, Horrelville - Horrelville Church, Horrelville Sunday School Hall
  • Smarts Road, Okuku - Toilet block and Raithby Chapel, Journeys End Camp
  • 1303 Tram Road, Swannanoa - Swannanoa Church
  • 1322 Tram Road, Swannanoa - Swannanoa Hall - original part
  • 414 Whites Road, Ohoka - Ohoka Service Station
  • 124 Woodend Beach Road, Woodend - Woodend Camp - main building - kitchen and accommodation
  • 38 Rangiora Woodend Road - Woodend Scout Hall/Lions Youth Centre
  • 330 Lower Sefton Road - Anglers Arms
  • Waikuku Surf Life Saving Club
  • Waikuku Beach holiday Campgrounds - ablution blocks 1, 2, 4 and 5
  • Woodend Beach Camp Grounds - north facilities block
  • 11 Heywards Road - Clarkville Hall