The owners of more than 100 buildings identified as earthquake-prone have been given notices by the Southland District Council.
It follows a district-wide review of buildings that could be damaged in an earthquake. Land Information Memorandums were given to the property owners yesterday.
The buildings must be reinforced to the Government's current minimum earthquake safety standard.
Council building control manager Kevin O'Connor said the notice would be removed if the buildings could pass an inspection meeting 34 per cent of new building standards, although that regulation could be changed by the Building and Housing Department in the near future to require 67 per cent compliance.
The council recommended the building owners employ engineers to evaluate their properties.
Mr O'Connor said the number of buildings issued with LIMs would rise as the council survey continued.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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