Do you own or manage an earthquake-prone building? The Building Act promotes making our city safer by requiring buildings that are earthquake prone to be either strengthened or demolished. For dwellings, only those that are two or more storeys high and have three or more household units are affected. Owners of other dwellings may still make their own arrangements, independent of Council policy, to strengthen against earthquakes.

Wellington City Council has started a special-interest group for people to find out more about the new policy for earthquake-prone buildings. The first meeting takes place on Tuesday 3 November at 6pm at the Adam Auditorium in Wellington City Gallery, Civic Square.

The new policy came into effect on 1 July this year after a review. One of the suggestions to come out of the review was the need to bring together professionals and property owners involved in strengthening earthquake-prone buildings.

Please call Suzie Fitchett-O’Reilly on 801 3522 or email suzie.fitchett-oreilly@wcc.govt.nz to RSVP for this meeting by 28 October. RSVP is a must as there are limited spaces available. If you can’t make the meeting, you can also request to be notified about future similar meetings.