Identifying potentially earthquake-prone priority thoroughfares and buildings

Council is seeking feedback on proposed priority thoroughfares as part of the process of identifying priority buildings in the Queenstown Lakes District, as required under the Building (Earthquake-prone buildings) Amendment Act 2016.

To make our communities safer, the legislation requires councils across New Zealand to identify priority buildings. Priority buildings pose a high risk to life safety, or are critical to recovery in an emergency.

To identify priority buildings, we must first identify priority thoroughfares. A thoroughfare may warrant prioritising due to:

• High pedestrian and vehicle movements.
• Unreinforced masonry building (URM) that may collapse during an earthquake.

Once the identification of priority thoroughfares has been confirmed, any building on these thoroughfares that is likely to fall on walkways or motorways in the event of a moderate earthquake will be deemed a priority building.

What is being proposed

A number of thoroughfares in Queenstown and Arrowtown have been identified as priority thoroughfares. These are:

To read the statement of proposal, click here.

We are seeking your feedback on the following:

  • Do you agree with the proposed priority thoroughfares?
  • If not, which priority thoroughfares do you disagree with?
  • Are there any other priority thoroughfares that you think meet the criteria but are not listed?

Make a submission

Submissions are invited from Saturday 9 February 2019 and must be received by Council no later than 5.00pm on Friday 15 March 2019.

To make a submission, please complete our online form:

Alternatively, please email your submission to or post to Building Services Department, Queenstown Lakes District Council, Private Bag 50072, Queenstown 9348.

Please indicate on your submission if you’d like to speak at a hearing and we’ll get in touch with you to finalise a time.

Next steps

A public hearing will be held on Monday 15 April 2019 at 10.00am at Council Chambers.

Following the public hearings, the Council will:

  • consider the outcome of the consultation process; and
  • give public notice of the final decision.

Following the consultation process, our district’s list of priority thoroughfares will be finalised and Council will notify affected owners of potentially earthquake-prone buildings. Owners will have 12 months following receipt of a formal Council notice to provide Council with an engineering assessment (regardless of which seismic area their building is in). Using this assessment, Council will then determine whether the building is earthquake-prone and notify the building owner of this decision.