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Dangerous and Insanitary Buildings Policy

Dangerous and Insanitary Building policy


We’ve reviewed our Earthquake-prone, Dangerous and Insanitary Buildings Policy and are proposing some changes. Before we make any final decisions we want your feedback.

What’s the policy for?

Our dangerous and insanitary buildings policy outlines our approach to identifying and inspecting potentially dangerous or insanitary buildings. It also explains the enforcement approach to be taken if buildings need to be fixed.

An example of a dangerous building is where an internal load bearing wall has been removed or there are inadequate fire systems in place. An example of an insanitary building is where there is no supply of drinking water or there are inadequate wastewater disposal systems.

About our draft policy

In a nutshell, we’re proposing the following:

  • Removal of earthquake-prone building matters.
  • Continuing a ‘reactionary approach’ to identifying dangerous and insanitary buildings.
  • Issuing a formal notice for the building to be vacated or fixed if the work is urgent.
  • If the work is non-urgent our officers have discretion to use a more ‘user-friendly’ approach.
  • We’re proposing that heritage buildings that are dangerous or insanitary are treated a bit differently to other buildings, on a case-by-case basis.

You can read more about our proposals in the documents below.

Read the documents | Pānui ngā tuhinga

How to tell us what you think | He aha ōu whakaaro, korero mai …

Written feedback will be accepted from Friday, 17 July 2020 to 4pm Monday 17 August 2020.

Talk to us

  • You could call one of your local councillors to have a chat.
  • You can also contact us to book in to speak to the Council at a hearing on Wednesday, 9 September 2020.
  • We can also draft your feedback into a written statement. Call us on 07 862 8609 or 0800 734 834 (from within the district) and ask for a member of the Strategic Planning Team.