Easing the impact of earthquake strengthening for provincial New Zealand

Published: 15 July 2019

A change to the system for managing earthquake-prone buildings (EPBs) will make it easier for EPB owners in small towns to undertake modest building work, without having to start seismic strengthening work at the same time.

The changes will end a previous policy that has been having a big impact on small towns in New Zealand.

The EPB criteria for substantial alterations will be changed so that an alteration, other than seismic work, is substantial if it needs a building consent and together with other work consented in the last two years has an estimated value of at least 25 per cent of the building’s value, but only if the value of the building work is greater than $150,000.

More information on Substantial Alterations is available on the Building.govt website.(external link)

Read the full news release on the Beehive website(external link)