A building is considered earthquake-prone if an engineering analysis shows it is 33 per cent or less of the New Building Standard. In essence, this means the building has a seismic capacity less than one third of the level required for a new building.
Under new national legislation that came into effect on 1 July 2017, building owners across Christchurch and Banks Peninsula have between seven and a half and 15 years to strengthen or demolish their earthquake-prone buildings, depending on a range of factors. This list of owners includes Christchurch City Council, and due to the type and usage of our buildings, we have 15 years.
The buildings remain fit to occupy, according to advice from independent chartered professional engineers.
The Council has already been proactively repairing many of these buildings and has ongoing programmes in place for this work to continue. A number of the earthquake-prone buildings identified are currently being repaired and strengthened, or are included in future work programmes.
Find out more about general rules around earthquake-prone buildings and how the Council can help you if you're the owner of one.
The Council owns 41 earthquake-prone buildings across Christchurch and Banks Peninsula.
Of these, 27 are open for use, including 19 small, simple structures such as toilet blocks, pavilions and sheds that are used infrequently. There are also three community halls, with the remaining six buildings fulfilling a range of uses.
All the affected Council buildings have already been assessed by chartered professional engineers as part of the Detailed Engineering Evaluation (DEE) process carried out on all Council buildings after the 2010–2011 earthquakes.
|Akaroa||40 Wharf Road||Pigeon Bay Hall||Open|
|Akaroa||584 Little Akaloa Road||Clubrooms, Little Akaloa||Open|
|Cashmere||59 Studholme Street||Amenity block, Somerfield Park||Open|
|Central||9 Rolleston Avenue||Robert McDougall Art Gallery||Closed, planned weather tightness, process for determining future use underway|
|Central||7 Riccarton Avenue||Townend House, Botanic Gardens||Opened by specific Council decision based on engineer's report|
|Central||230 Cambridge Terrace||Edmonds Band Rotunda||Closed, planned rebuild|
|Central||280 Durham Street||Canterbury Provincial Chambers||Closed, process for determining future use underway|
|Central||100 Kilmore Street||Town Hall||Closed, under repair, anticipated repaired NBS: 100 per cent|
|Central||159 Oxford Terrace||Our City, Ōtautahi||Closed, process for determining future use underway|
|Central||2J Riccarton Avenue||Nurses' Memorial Chapel||Closed, under repair and due to reopen October 2018, anticipated repaired NBS: near 67 per cent|
|Central||56 Avalon Street||Block B, HP Smith Courts (social housing units)||Closed and vacant, planned repair, anticipated repaired NBS: 67 per cent, along with Block A|
|Coastal||479 New Brighton Road||Pavilion/toilet, Bower Park||Open|
|Fendalton||185 Fendalton Road||Shed, Fendalton Park||Open|
|Halswell||301 Halswell Road||Main clubrooms, Halswell Domain||Open|
|Harewood||709 Harewood Road||Harewood Community Centre||Opened by specific Council decision based on engineer's report. Used by an early learning group.|
|Harewood||145A Claridges Road||Harewood Plant Nursery vehicle shed||Open|
|Harewood||145A Claridges Road||Harewood Plant Nursery amenities building||Open|
|Harewood||182 Johns Road||Groynes Pump House||Open|
|Harewood||99B Claridges Road||Shed, Tulett Park||Open|
|Heathcote||22B Cholmondeley Avenue||Risingholme Hall||Closed, repairs underway, anticipated repaired NBS: 67 per cent|
|Heathcote||22C Cholmondeley Avenue||Risingholme Workshop||Closed, repairs underway, anticipated repaired NBS: 67 per cent|
|Heathcote||192 Richardson Terrace||Opawa Library||Closed, planned demolition and rebuild|
|Heathcote||2 Barnett Avenue||Citycare Workshop, Milton Street Yard||Open, to be transferred to Development Christchurch Limited|
|Heathcote||2 Barnett Avenue||Citycare Store No 3, Milton Street Yard||Open, to be transferred to Development Christchurch Limited|
|Heathcote||60 Bay View Road||Pavilion Block A, Barnett Park||Open|
|Heathcote||113 Huxley Street||Former pre-school building||Closed|
|Hornby||34 Manurere Street||Shed, Wycola Park||Open|
|Hornby||39 Kirk Road||Changing rooms, Templeton Domain||Open|
|Innes||17A Acheson Avenue||Pavilion, MacFarlane Park||Open|
|Innes||17B Acheson Avenue||Toilet, MacFarlane Park||Open|
|Linwood||170 Buckleys Road||Pavilion/toilet, Bromley Park||Open|
|Linwood||357 Ferry Road||Toilet, Edmonds Park||Open|
|Mt Herbert||183 Purau Avenue||Toilet, Purau Bay||Open|
|Papanui||500 Papanui Road||Toilet, Papanui Memorial Reserve||Open|
|Riccarton||149 Main South Road||Sockburn Service Centre||Closed, planned demolition|
|Riccarton||149 Main South Road||Sockburn Deport North East end Store||Closed, planned demolition|
|Spreydon||85 Lyttelton Street||Centennial Hall||Closed|
|Spreydon||61 Mathers Road||Pavilion, Hoon Hay Park||Open|
|Spreydon||35 Ashgrove Terrace||Shelter/Shed, Ashgrove Park||Open|
|Waimairi||345 Memorial Avenue||Storage shed, Burnside Park||Open|
|Wairewa||12 Barclays Road||Barn building, Little River||Open|
Section 133AL notices have been issued under the 2016 Amendment to the Building Act, which requires earthquake-prone buildings to be strengthened or demolished within either seven and a half or 15 years, depending on the type of building and how it’s used. Until this is done, building owners must display the section 133AL notice in a prominent place so the public is aware of the building’s status.
Christchurch City Council’s consents team has sent letters containing these section133AL notices to the owners of every building in Christchurch and Banks Peninsula that is considered earthquake-prone. The Council is also receiving these letters for the earthquake-prone buildings it owns. These letters are to remind owners of their legal obligations to strengthen or demolish their buildings.
Like other building owners, the Council is required to place the notices that have been received onto affected buildings to advise the public of their earthquake-prone status. The Council is meeting legislative requirements by posting the notices on its buildings but the buildings can be occupied, as confirmed by our independent engineers.
Read the Detailed Engineering Evaluations for Council earthquake-prone buildings.