Council Records on Earthquake Prone Buildings
Interpreting records in a site file
A General Property Information listing of the contents of the ‘site file’ indicates what resource consents, building consents, compliance schedules and other information that is applicable to the property that the Council has on record. Site files may include information about whether a particular building has been assessed for earthquake risk.
If Condition 1451 is found in a site file it means that a building on the property is awaiting or part way through the earthquake prone building process.
Condition 1451 will apply to all properties with pre-1980 buildings until such time as the Council is satisfied that all of the buildings are confirmed as not earthquake prone under the Building Act 2004.
If there are older buildings on the property, in the absence of other information (see below), you should assume that they have not yet been reviewed and Condition 1451 will in due course be applied.
Most small residential buildings are not subject to the earthquake prone provisions of the Building Act 2004 and so Condition 1451 generally does not apply to them.
Earthquake Prone Building information in a site file
In the Building section you might find an explanation of milestones that have been reached for particular buildings with respect to the earthquake prone building policy. For example:
EARTHQUAKE PRONE BUILDING POLICY EQB0129 Nelson Courthouse.
This building has been reviewed in terms of the policy and is not considered to require further assessment at this time because a detailed evaluation (DE) has been received dated 18 Mar 2009 that confirms the building is not earthquake prone. The review process has not been completed for other buildings on this property.
EARTHQUAKE PRONE BUILDING POLICY EQB0180 Nelson Police Station 3 story block.
This building has been reviewed in terms of the policy and is not considered to require further assessment at this time because an initial assessment (IEP) has been received dated 6 May 2010 that indicates the building is not earthquake prone. The review process has not been completed for other buildings on this property.
At the bottom of the building list you might find a list buildings that have been flagged for review. For example:
- Earthquake Review BA 2004 EQB0129 : Nelson Courthouse
- Earthquake Review BA 2004 EQB0180 : Nelson Police Station (3 storey)
- Earthquake Review BA 2004 EQB0181 : Nelson Police Station (single storey extension)
- Earthquake Review BA 2004 EQB0207 : Nelson Police Station Cell Block
This does not mean these buildings are earthquake prone, it just indicates that the buildings are on the councils register, and are either awaiting, part way through, or have completed the earthquake prone building review process.
Finding a site file
You can view a site file for a particular property by visiting Council’s Customer Services Centre at Civic House, 110 Trafalgar Street.