When CERA proposes to carry out works under section 38 of the CER Act, including demolition, on earthquake-damaged heritage buildings, the following processes have been put in place to make decisions.
- CERA considers whether works to a heritage building should be carried out.
- CERA notifies Heritage New Zealand and the relevant council (CCC, SDC or WDC) when works are being considered on heritage buildings that are entered on the New Zealand Heritage List/Rārangi Kōrero (Category 1 or 2) or listed by CCC, Banks Peninsula, SDC or WDC.
- Heritage New Zealand and council heritage advisers review the owner’s engineer’s report, if available, and the heritage significance of the building.
- Heritage New Zealand and the relevant council may commission independent engineering advice, or provide in-house engineering comments.
- Where possible, CERA provides a peer review of the owner’s engineer’s report.
- Heritage New Zealand and the relevant council may work with CERA to pursue alternatives to demolition if the owner is willing and safety issues can be addressed.
- The Chief Executive of CERA or their delegate makes the final decision on the proposed works.
The above decision-making process is not binding on CERA and its Chief Executive but will be followed where possible.
Updated on 23rd July 2015