Earthquake prone building placards to appear this month

Earthquake-prone placards will begin appearing in 130 public and commercial buildings around the Ashburton district at the end of this month, as part of the Government’s initiative to ensure buildings are managed for future earthquakes consistently across the country.

Ashburton District Council will send the placards to building owners from 27 August, who will then be required to display the placards in a prominent place of the building to help the community be aware of its status.

Council Building Services Manager Michael Wong says residents should not be alarmed by the placards, as earthquake-prone buildings are not considered any more dangerous than they were before being identified, and business can continue as normal.

“This process is about establishing a timeframe for shoring up buildings in our district to ensure they are as safe as possible during future earthquakes.

“Of the 130 placards we’ll be sending, some will give the specific timeframe for strengthening to occur, while the rest will state that the building owners are required to submit an engineering assessment to Council within 12 months. If one of these buildings is then deemed to be earthquake-prone after that assessment, it will be added to the national Earthquake-Prone Buildings register.”

Under the Building (Earthquake-prone Buildings) Amendment Act 2016, all territorial authorities must update the public Earthquake-Prone Buildings register to make sure that the community has access to up-to-date information on which buildings have been identified as earthquake-prone and also what their earthquake rating is.

“We’ll also be sending letters with the placards to help building owners understand this process and what they are required to do,” Mr Wong adds.

For further information about the Earthquake-prone placards and the building register, visit​ the Ministry of Business, ​Innovation and Employment website.​​

Page reviewed: 20 Aug 2018 2:19pm