Dunedin Television|On Demand - Freeview|HD Channel 39 - Thursday, July 30th, 2015

Commercial buildings to become earthquake strengthened

All owners of commercial buildings in Dunedin are being required to check the earthquake status of their buildings.

The Council announced today it has written to all affected building owners.. and given them two years to carry out an initial assessment on whether their building is earthquake prone.

Those buildings identified as being at risk will have to be strengthened to between 34% and 67% of new building standards.

Owners will have between 15 and 30 years to carry out the strengthening work, unless the use of the building changes, in which case they will have to be fixed immediately.

The Earthquake-Prone Buildings Policy does not apply to residential homes unless they are in a two-storey or more apartment block.