Earthquake-prone Buildings New Law Passed

20 May 16

The Building Act has included provisions to manage earthquake-prone buildings for some time. After the Canterbury earthquakes the Government instigated a Royal Commission that recommended changes to these provisions. The changes initially promoted by Government were contentious and have been significantly amended via the Select Committee process. These amendments have now been passed on Tuesday 10 May 2016 as the Building (Earthquake-prone Building) Amendment Act 2016. The Amendment Act establishes different timeframes, dependent on earthquake risk, for the upgrade of “earthquake prone buildings”. This Amendment Act does not commence until May 2018.

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