Earthquake-prone buildings and consultation on thoroughfares - Closed
A national system for identifying, assessing and managing earthquake-prone buildings came into effect on 1 July 2017. It targets buildings or parts of buildings that pose the greatest risk to public safety and other property in a moderate earthquake.
Council must identify 'priority' buildings (those considered to present a higher risk to life or other property because of their construction, type, use or location) within 2.5 years and other potentially earthquake-prone buildings within 5 years. Affected building owners must strengthen or demolish 'priority' buildings with 7.5 years and other earthquake-prone buildings with 15 years.
During September and October 2019 Council:
- consulted with the community on roads or laneways that could be considered 'thoroughfares with high pedestrian and vehicle traffic'
- contacted organisations that own buildings used for emergency management and education purposes to ascertain whether the buildings have been assessed for being earthquake-prone.
14 November 2019:
Council identified and adopted at the Ordinary Council Meeting on Tuesday 12 November 2019 (PDF, 7.3MB) the key thoroughfares.
Owners of potentially ‘priority’ earthquake-prone buildings will now be notified that they are required to obtain a structural engineering assessment.
View the full Legislation targets building owners - action need now media release.
View the full Earthquake-prone Buildings Project page on this website.