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Dangerous, Insanitary and Earthquake Prone Buildings Policy

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This page contains a summary of the Dangerous, Insanitary and Earthquake Prone Buildings Policy and a link to the full version of it.
Updated: 27/08/2020 3:45 p.m.

Dangerous, Affected and Insanitary Building Policy Consultation

We are reviewing our Dangerous, Affected and Insanitary Building Policy which replaces our previous Dangerous, Insanitary and Earthquake-Prone Buildings Policy 2011. This policy aims to ensure the safety, health and wellbeing of people living and working in buildings in our District.

Why is this policy being reviewed? 

Lack of maintenance, overcrowding, unauthorised building alterations and the converting of old buildings can cause serious risks for occupants and those who use these buildings.

The Building Act requires us to have a policy setting out our approach to dangerous and insanitary buildings. 

Our current policy is being reviewed due to legislative changes including the addition of affected buildings and the removal of earthquake prone buildings from the policy. The Earthquake Prone Buildings Amendment Act 2016 replaces this part of the policy. 

Key consultation dates

20 July 2020: Submissions open.

20 August 2020: Submissions close at 5:30pm.

2 September 2020: Hearing of submissions by Council Hearings Committee.

Submission documents

Statement of Proposal [200kb]

Draft Dangerous, Affected and Insanitary Buildings Policy [372kb]

Earthquake Prone Buildings Policy [604kb]


Existing Policy

The Dangerous, Insanitary and Earthquake Prone Buildings Policy was introduced to comply with requirements of the Building Act 2004.

The main principles in the first section are concerned with ensuring the safety, health and well being of people living and working in buildings.

The earthquake prone section of the policy takes into consideration whether the community wishes buildings to be strengthened to the greatest extent possible or whether the local circumstances warrant such an approach.

The policy includes Council's role in assessing and recording the status of buildings and to keep a balance between the risk posed by buildings and other priorities.

The policy also includes other structures such as heritage buildings, bridges and dams.

Follow the link below to view the full version of the current policy.

 Dangerous, Insanitary and Earthquake Prone Buildings Policy [492kb]




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