Strengthening unreinforced masonry (URM) buildings

We are taking a proactive approach to strengthening Wellington’s buildings so that the city is as prepared as it can be for significant earthquakes. Strengthening unreinforced masonry is one of the priorities over the next year as we continue to support Wellington becoming a resilient city.

Following the Hurunui/Kaikōura earthquake in November 2016, the Government has proposed that owners of certain unreinforced masonry buildings within Wellington, Lower Hutt, Marlborough and Hurunui will be required to secure street-facing parapets and facades. The focus will be on unreinforced masonry buildings on routes that have high foot and vehicle traffic. 

The Government has set aside two million dollars for Wellington unreinforced masonry (URM) buildings. The Mayor of Wellington, Justin Lester, has agreed to a further one million dollar contribution, subject to full Council approval.

More information will be added over the next few weeks as the building criteria and funding are finalised.

What is an unreinforced masonry building?

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When does the reinforcement work have to be completed?