Building Resilience Fund

Please note that it is likely that this fund will not be available from 1 July 2021.

The Council debated funding options for the Long-Term Plan 2021-31 (which will be formally adopted on 30 June 2021).  The Long-Term Plan determines Wellington City Council’s priorities for the next ten years and it is proposed that the fund is removed.  Visit the Te whakamārō i ngā whare kei tūpono rū - Building earthquake resilience page on our website with other options for support or assistance for owners of earthquake prone buildings.  


This fund reimburses the costs of the assessment undertaken after the decision to fund has been made and the assessment has been completed. 

Please note that work for which funding is applied for cannot have started prior to the decision date.

Eligibility criteria

  1. The application must relate to a non-heritage building that has been identified as potentially earthquake-prone or issued with an earthquake-prone building notice by Wellington City Council.

  2. The building is either:

    • Primarily residential use (more than 50%) and with a complex ownership arrangement such as a body corporate, or
    • A small (one or two storey) building. (This excludes single residential homes).
  3. The applicant must be the owner or part-owner of the building:

    • This includes private owners, body corporates, charitable trusts or church organisations.
    • The Crown, Crown entities, district health boards, community boards, Council-controlled organisations and Council business units are not eligible.
  4. The application can be to fund or part-fund an initial or detailed seismic assessment with detailed design or these items individually.

  5. The assessment applied for must not have started prior to the Council Committee decision on the application. See the Funding Calendar.

  6. Funding will be directed towards buildings where successful seismic strengthening outcomes will be unlikely without assistance. This means:

    • Grants will be directed towards buildings that are owned by individuals, body corporates, community groups or small to medium sized companies
    • Applications from limited companies must identify if they are affiliated with larger commercial entities.
    • All applicants must demonstrate they do not have excess unallocated reserve funds.

Before you apply

Discuss your detailed seismic assessment with someone from our Resilient Buildings Team, who can help you submit a complete application that meets all requirements.
We can help you understand the criteria and process for your project.  Email or phone (04) 499 4444.

Past allocations (PDF 238KB)

For more information see Building earthquake resilience.

The application process

How to apply

This fund reimburses the costs after the assessment has been undertaken.

  1. You will need to:

    • Show evidence of your financial position and that you can meet the full cost of undertaking the detailed seismic assessment. This can include financial documents such as audited accounts, bank statements and lending or financing agreements. For applications by companies affiliated with larger commercial entities, the financial documents of all affiliated companies must be included with the funding application.
    • Include at least one recent (within three months of fund closing date) quote or estimate from a chartered professional engineer. Note: If on completion of the assessment the invoiced amounts are significantly different from the original estimated costs, or relate to work that was not applied for, Council will revise your payment accordingly. The original allocation amount will not be exceeded.
    • If an application is from a body corporate or a trust, we need evidence that all relevant members approve of the assessment being undertaken. If the application is made on behalf of the owner(s), a letter of agreement needs to be provided by the owner(s) with the application.
  2. Register on the online funding portal
  3. Start drafting your funding application, adding information and attachments. Remember to save your application as you go.
  4. Submit the completed application, including attachments of all required documents, before midnight of the application closing date. You will receive an email confirmation.

See the engineers contact list for individuals/organisations that have indicated they have the potential to take on work and provide fee estimates as part of a Building Resilience Fund application.

If you have any questions about this process, contact or phone 021 515 514.

Go to Funding Portal

Committee decides

  • The Resilient Buildings or Funding teams may ask you for more information when they assess fund applications. We aim to complete all assessments within one to two weeks of the fund closing date.
  • We finalise recommendations and they go to the Grants Subcommittee.
  • The Committee meets and decides the results approximately four to six weeks after the fund closing date.

We advise you of the Committee's decision

You will receive an email with the final decision within a week of the Committee meeting. If you have been allocated funding, you are asked to log back into the funding portal to read the terms and conditions. You accept the funding by agreeing to the terms. 

You need to complete the funding agreement within 14 days of receiving the email, or contact the Funding Team to discuss your situation.

Start your project

If your assessment or design costs change you must email detailing the changes, and attach an updated budget with quotes if applicable. We will review the funding allocation and may change the amount payable. If we don’t receive this information, we may not be able to pay out.

Complete your accountability report

Your seismic assessment and/or design should be completed within 18 months of the Committee meeting. When completed, log into the funding portal to complete your accountability report.

Attach invoices and receipts that match the budgeted quotes or estimates in your application or, if applicable, the agreed changes.  We will be in touch if we have any questions.

We pay the agreed amount

We pay the agreed amount into your bank account once we've:

  • checked the work is completed as described in your application
  • checked the costs are equal to the quotes or estimates you sent with your application.

Payment takes at least one week to process. If your project comes in under budget we will reduce the payment accordingly and advise you.