About the different types of notices
There are four types of notices, with the different borders indicating the type of earthquake-prone building.
Where to display earthquake-prone building notices
Notices with an orange and black striped border
Notices with an orange and black striped border are for buildings with an earthquake rating of 0% to less than 20% NBS, or where no engineering assessment has been provided and the earthquake rating has not been determined.
If the building has an earthquake rating of less than 20% the risk of collapse in a moderate earthquake is approximately more than 25 times the risk of failure for buildings that are 100% NBS.
Notices with a black and white striped border
Notices with a white and black striped border are for buildings that have an earthquake rating of 20% to less than 34%.
The risk of collapse in a moderate earthquake is approximately 10–25 times the risk of failure for buildings that are 100% NBS.
Notices with a solid orange border
Notices with an orange border are for buildings that were confirmed to be earthquake-prone prior to 1 July 2017, where the earthquake rating is not known.
Notices with an orange and white striped border
Notices with an orange and white striped border are for buildings that have been granted an exemption from having to carry out seismic work.
Exemptions from having to carry out seismic work
Notices with a solid red border
Notices with a solid red border are for buildings where the Council has restricted access due to safety concerns. If you see this notice on a building you must not approach or enter the building.
All earthquake-prone buildings in Wellington are listed in the national public register.
Register of earthquake-prone buildings (EPB Register)
What this means for buildings identified before 1 July 2017
Buildings confirmed to be earthquake-prone prior to 1 July 2017 were issued notices that look different to the new versions. These notices are commonly referred to as yellow, orange or red notices because of the colour of the paper they are printed on.
If your building currently has a yellow, orange, or red notice and you haven’t yet been issued a new earthquake-prone building notice
You must keep your existing notice in place. We will review your building to check whether it falls within the scope of the new earthquake-prone building process. We will then notify you of the outcome. If the building is still within scope we will issue you an updated earthquake-prone building notice. If the building is no longer within scope we will uplift the earthquake-prone building notice, although we will keep information about the building’s seismic performance on file.
The process of reviewing buildings identified under the Council’s previous earthquake-prone building policy will take several months. We are intending to have around half of these buildings reviewed by the end of 2019, with the remainder to be reviewed during 2020.
If your existing notice is damaged, illegible, or is no longer attached to the building, please let us know and we will prioritise work on reviewing your building.
Phone: 04 499 4444