Interim report released on Building (Earthquake-prone Buildings) Amendment Bill

Wednesday 24 June 2015

Authors: Tim Clarke and Grace Stacey-Jacobs

​​The Local Government and Environment Committee yesterday released an interim select committee report on the Building (Earthquake-prone Buildings) Amendment Bill. The Select Committee has considered 121 public submissions, as well as receiving detailed advice from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, Parliamentary Counsel Office and the Regulations Review Committee.

As a result, the Select Committee is considering a wide range of potential changes to the original bill, which would significantly alter the version of the bill initially released. The purpose of the interim report is to invite written feedback from previous submitters on the specific changes which have been proposed. At a high level, these changes include:

  • reducing the scope of buildings covered by the bill, by excluding buildings such as farm buildings, retaining walls, fences and storage tanks;

  • introducing high, medium and low seismic zones of risk;

  • introducing a new tiered timeframe for identification and remediation of earthquake-prone buildings;

  • requiring earthquake-prone buildings to be upgraded when substantial alterations are being made; and

  • adding new provisions relating to disability and fire access.

The deadline for feedback on these changes is 16 July 2015. The Select Committee is due to produce its final report to the House on 30 July 2015.


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