Changes could be com­ing

Auckland City Harbour News - - FRONT PAGE -

The 2004 Build­ing Act re­quires large build­ings to up­grade ac­ces­si­bil­ity fea­tures when­ever a ren­o­va­tion for other pur­poses is pro­posed.

The Gov­ern­ment an­nounced a pro­posal in 2012 to re­quire 15,000 to 25,000 large build­ings to be earth­quake strength­ened in the next 15 to 20 years. Th­ese in­cluded shops, large res­i­den­tial dwellings and work­places.

The Can­ter­bury Earth­quake Royal Com­mis­sion rec­om­mended amend­ing the Build­ing Act to ig­nore ac­ces­si­bil­ity up­grade re­quire­ments on earth­quake-prone build­ings be­cause the cost may put some own­ers off earth­quake strength­en­ing.

The rec­om­men­da­tion was gen­er­ally sup­ported by sub­mit­ters to the Min­istry of Build­ing, In­no­va­tion and Em­ploy­ment.

The bill now pro­poses to grant build­ing con­sents on earth­quake­prone build­ings with­out re­quir­ing other up­grades for dis­abil­ity ac­cess.

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