Earthquake prone buildings policy

We are consulting with the community 

Have your say! Consultation on the Earthquake Prone Buildings Policy 2019 has begun.

This consultation is in accordance with Section 133AF of the Building Act 2004, which requires the Council to use the Special Consultative Procedure in Section 83 of the Local Government Act 2002 to confirm high traffic routes and emergency routes in the city.

We are seeking feedback to determine these other types of priority buildings and discuss the following criteria:

  • If there is reasonable prospect of any thoroughfare in the city as having unreinforced masonry elements located on potentially high pedestrian or traffic routes.
  • If there is reasonable prospect of an emergency route with at least one building on that route that, if it collapsed, would impede the route

You can view the Statement of Proposal for all the information you need about the consultation.

Making a submission

You can have your say in a number of ways: 

  • Go online: the easiest way to have your say - submit through our submissions portal 
  • Email us: send an email to with “Earthquake Prone Buildings” in the subject line
  • Visit us: you can find copies of this proposal at all Porirua City libraries, and at our front counter at Customer Services Centre, 16 Cobham Court, Porirua 5022
  • Mail us: you can post your completed submission form to:

Earthquake Prone Buildings Policy 2019

Porirua City Council, 

PO Box 50218, 

Porirua City 5240

The closing date for submissions is Wednesday 31 July 2019. For those who wish to speak in support of their submission, hearings will be held on 22 August 2019

Your privacy

All submissions are public information. This supports our drive to be as transparent as possible, but, if there are any personal details you don’t want made public, please let us know.

Want to know more

If you have any questions, or would like a little more information, please email Leonie McPhail, Acting Manager Building Assurance at or call on (04) 237 1464.