Not all earthquake-related consents can be identified. For example, if a new house (to replace a damaged house) is built at a different site, the new house might not be identified as being earthquake-related. In this case, it would not be included here.
The number of issued consents is not the same measure as the number of approved buildings. For example, a consent approving five new dwellings will count as one residential consent and will also increase the count of new dwellings by five.
Relocatable units are new dwellings for temporarily housing displaced residents.
Residential and non-residential consent values both include new work, alterations, and additions. Residential consents include domestic outbuildings.
Non-building construction includes swimming pools, bridges, reservoirs, and retaining walls. Work that requires a resource consent but not a building consent is excluded.
Seismic strengthening work is excluded.
Values include goods and services tax. Consents below $5,000 are excluded.
Consents that are mainly for demolitions are excluded from our Canterbury earthquake statistics. This is because not all territorial authorities provide data for demolitions, and a recent change to the Building Act 2004 means that some demolitions may proceed without a building consent. This means that any demolition data received is incomplete and does not give an accurate representation of the level of demolitions completed in Canterbury. For further information on demolitions please see the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority website. This lists buildings or addresses that are to be demolished (fully or partly), deconstructed, or made safe, and also gives an indication of whether they are heritage or significant buildings.
Source: Statistics New Zealand