Earthquake Prone Buildings – A Common Sense Approach

More time to act on quake-prone buildings



The owners of an estimated 15,000 to 25,000 earthquake-prone buildings will have 15 years to strengthen them after they are identified, the Government has announced.

But it could take up to five years to identify all of them and heritage buildings will have a 10-year reprieve under the Government’s policy to deal with earthquake-prone buildings announced today.

The time frame is five years longer than initially proposed after the Canterbury Earthquakes Royal Commission reported on the failure of buildings in the Canterbury earthquakes, which killed 185 people.

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