Proposed Dangerous, Insanitary and Affected Buildings Policy

Have your say on proposed changes to the Dangerous, Insanitary and Affected Buildings Policy.

Council is required by law to have a policy that sets out its approach to managing these buildings within the district.

Council has reviewed its Earthquake-prone, Dangerous and Insanitary Buildings Policy 2006 to respond to amendments in the Building Act 2004 (2013 and 2016).  The proposed changes would alter how Council identifies, assesses and takes action on affected buildings and we’d really like to hear what your thoughts are on these.

Review of the Dangerous and Insanitary Building Policy

The policy requires updating to keep pace with changes in the Building Act 2004. This includes other changes to general information, and the need to include affected buildings which are covered under sections 121A and 132A of the Building Act 2004.

The key changes are:

  • Editorial changes
  • Changes to terms and titles of other stakeholders (e.g Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga)
  • Addition of a section on Affected Buildings as required by Section 132A of the Building Act 2004.

For more detailed information, please see the statement of Proposal (271KB PDF).

Have Your Say

Consultation is open from Monday 30 September to 4pm Monday 4 November 2019.

You can provide feedback in a number of ways:

  • Fill out the feedback form
  • Email us at
  • Mail us at Dangerous, Insanitary and Affected Buildings Policy, Nelson City Council, PO Box 645, Nelson 7010
  • Drop your submission to the Nelson City Council Customer Service Centre, 110 Trafalgar Street, Nelson.

Please ensure you indicate whether you wish to speak at the hearing. If so, please include a day-time phone number.

Special Consultative Procedure

Council adopted this proposal for consultation at its meeting on 19 September 2019.

This procedure is set out in Section 83 of the Local Government Act 2002 and we will be following this procedure by:

  • A public notice advertising this project and the consultation period will be in the Nelson Mail.
  • The review is open to submissions from Monday 30 September until 4pm Monday 4 November 2019
  • All submitters have an opportunity to be heard at a formal hearings process in February 2020.
  • All meetings where this proposal is being considered (including the hearings) will be open to the public.
  • The final decision on the revised Dangerous, Insanitary and Affected Buildings Policy will be made by the Council.


Monday 30 September 2019 Consultation begins
4pm Monday 4 November 2019 Consultation closes
January 2019 Submitters notified of hearings process.
February 2020 Hearings panel meeting
April 2020 Council approval of updated Dangerous, Insanitary and Affected Buildings Policy.

Further information