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Earthquake-prone buildings

One of the key activities in our Future Kāpiti - Long Term Plan 2015-2035 is to assess the seismic performance of approximately 1500 buildings in the Kāpiti Coast District. The Kāpiti Coast is in a zone of high seismic activity. We have five known earthquake faults and it's important we have buildings that are safe to be in and around.

The earthquake-prone provision of the Building Act 2004 requires us to assess all commerical, industrial and school buildings - and residential buildings that are two or more storeys hight and contain three or more household units. The Act focuses on the prevention of personal injury and the protection of other properties.

Which buildings are being assessed?

Approximately 1500 buildings are being assessed in the Kāpiti Coast District. They include:

  • commerical and industrial buildings
  • schools, public halls and buildings belonging to utilities that have a role in emergency and post disaster response
  • residential buildings that are two (or more) storeys high and contain three or more household untis.

We're assessing these buildings over five years between 2016 and 2020.

Find out more in our frequently asked questions and earthquake-prone buildings brochure, below.

Frequently asked questions

Building (Earthquake-prone buildings) Amendment Act 2016

News and publications

Request for Time Extension for Providing Engineering Report - Form 671

Application for exemption from requirement to carry out seismic work - Form 683

Request for Extension of Time to Complete Seismic Work on Heritage Buildings (Form 688)


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