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Earthquake-related building consents in Canterbury

This table summarises building consents issued in the Canterbury region that have been identified (primarily by the issuing authorities) as being earthquake-related. The table is updated monthly.

The Canterbury earthquakes began on 4 September 2010, and other notable earthquakes occurred on 26 December 2010, 22 February 2011, 13 June 2011, and 23 December 2011.

Earthquake-related consents identified from September 2010

No. of new dwellings Residential consents Non-residential consents All building consents Non-building consents All consents
Total Relocatables No. $m No. $m No. $m No. $m No. $m
Total from September 2010
Total 2,236 150 6,382 1,143.9 1,147 895.9 7529 2,039.8 136 32.6 7,665 2,072.4
2014
Jul 148 0 277 84.1 20 41.7 297 125.8 1 0.0 298 125.9
Jun 137 0 257 72.4 26 29.3 283 101.7 4 0.1 287 101.9
May 147 0 252 77.1 17 20.2 269 97.3 2 0.1 271 97.4
Apr 116 0 220 62.5 14 11.0 234 73.5 8 0.5 242 74.0
Mar 139 0 261 70.1 22 25.4 283 95.4 4 0.2 287 95.7
Feb 124 0 248 71.3 9 9.1 257 80.4 4 0.1 261 80.6
Jan 105 0 215 53.6 6 2.1 221 55.7 5 0.1 226 55.8
2013
Dec 78 0 176 44.0 14 14.1 190 58.0 5 0.3 195 58.3
Nov 64 0 152 36.5 11 3.5 163 40.0 1 0.1 164 40.1
Oct 78 0 168 41.1 19 20.3 187 61.4 2 0.1 189 61.5
Sep 42 0 145 29.4 10 30.4 155 59.7 1 0.0 156 59.7
Aug 57 0 163 35.9 19 20.7 182 56.5 2 0.3 184 56.8
Jul 63 0 206 36.3 37 25.5 243 61.8 4 0.3 247 62.1
Jun 53 0 148 29.0 24 18.4 172 47.4 0 0.0 172 47.4
May 64 0 185 32.3 36 23.1 221 55.4 3 0.1 224 55.5
Apr 49 0 164 27.1 30 25.0 194 52.1 4 0.2 198 52.3
Mar 57 0 162 29.0 29 21.6 191 50.6 3 0.3 194 50.9
Feb 56 1 143 26.2 17 9.4 160 35.6 3 0.1 163 35.7
Jan 60 0 135 27.6 29 14.2 164 41.8 6 18.2 170 60.0
2012
Dec 34 0 131 19.9 23 24.8 154 44.6 4 0.2 158 44.8
Nov 39 0 163 25.4 31 33.2 194 58.6 2 0.8 196 59.4
Oct 45 0 184 25.1 49 26.3 233 51.4 6 0.3 239 51.6
Sep 34 0 163 16.9 36 40.7 199 57.6 3 0.1 202 57.7
Aug 52 0 266 24.4 46 23.7 312 48.1 1 0.0 313 48.1
Jul 33 0 180 17.7 41 40.9 221 58.6 3 0.0 224 58.7
Jun 27 0 186 18.7 35 26.4 221 45.1 3 0.2 224 45.3
May 34 0 217 16.6 51 30.3 268 46.8 3 0.1 271 46.9
Apr 17 0 141 8.9 28 17.6 169 26.6 7 1.2 176 27.7
Mar 16 0 152 9.3 33 18.8 185 28.1 1 0.1 186 28.2
Feb 27 3 109 11.0 36 29.8 145 40.9 2 0.1 147 40.9
Jan 17 0 109 7.3 38 25.5 147 32.8 2 0.0 149 32.8
2011
Dec 7 1 102 5.1 33 22.9 135 27.9 3 0.9 138 28.8
Nov 10 0 133 6.7 37 35.4 170 42.1 9 5.1 179 47.2
Oct 13 0 121 6.6 30 19.1 151 25.7 2 0.2 153 25.9
Sep 4 0 41 3.0 40 25.7 81 28.7 5 0.4 86 29.1
Aug 57 50 88 7.8 38 11.5 126 19.3 7 0.4 133 19.7
Jul 36 28 36 6.2 25 26.1 61 32.3 1 0.0 62 32.3
Jun 8 0 24 5.6 19 8.1 43 13.7 1 0.1 44 13.8
May 68 63 70 8.8 19 19.1 89 28.0 2 0.1 91 28.0
Apr 7 4 24 2.1 4 0.4 28 2.5 0 0.0 28 2.5
Mar 2 0 12 1.1 10 9.6 22 10.7 1 0.0 23 10.7
Feb 3 0 11 1.8 4 0.8 15 2.6 1 0.0 16 2.6
Jan 5 0 11 1.1 17 3.4 28 4.4 1 0.1 29 4.5
2010
Dec 2 0 12 0.5 18 9.0 30 9.5 0 0.0 30 9.5
Nov 2 0 9 0.9 11 1.2 20 2.1 4 1.0 24 3.2
Oct 0 0 8 0.2 3 0.1 11 0.3 0 0.0 11 0.3
Sep 0 0 2 0.1 3 0.4 5 0.5 0 0.0 5 0.5

Note:
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.

Symbol:
m million

Source: Statistics New Zealand

Related information

The following information sources include building work and/or earthquake-related activity:

  • Monthly Building Consents Issued information releases (Statistics NZ). Any consents that are mainly for demolitions are excluded from these statistics.
  • Quarterly Value of Building Work Put in Place information releases (Statistics NZ).
  • Demolitions (Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority). This lists buildings or addresses that are to be demolished (fully or partially), deconstructed, or made safe, and also gives an indication of whether they are heritage or significant buildings. Demolitions may proceed without a building consent.

Updated 29 August 2014

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