How it works
Certain types of earthquake-prone buildings are eligible for an exemption from having to carry out seismic work. If you are approved for an exemption it recognises that, although your building may be earthquake-prone, the consequences of its failure would be low.
There are very strict criteria for exemptions. Buildings that are eligible are generally remote from other buildings, have low levels of occupancy in and around the building, and are less likely than other earthquake-prone buildings to cause damage or injury.
Priority buildings are not eligible for exemptions.
How to apply
Once you’ve submitted your application the process takes up to 20 working days. It may take longer if your application is incomplete and we need to ask for more information.
Submitting your application
Apply by downloading and filling in the application form:
Exemption from having to carry out seismic work application form (168KB PDF) | Text version (258KB RTF)
You can submit your application alongside any supporting documentation in person, by email, or by post.
You can submit your application at our Service Centre between 8am and 5pm, Monday to Friday. You don't need an appointment.
You can submit your application by emailing it to email@example.com.
Mail your application to:
Wellington City Council
PO Box 2199
Phone: 04 499 4444