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Dangerous, Affected and Insanitary Buildings Policy

Please note that this consultation has now closed, thank you to everyone who made a submission.


The Building Act 2004 requires us to have a policy on dangerous and insanitary buildings. The Policy must also consider any buildings that may be affected by a dangerous building, e.g. adjacent to, adjoining, or nearby. We are required to review this policy every five years.

The Dangerous and Insanitary Buildings Policy ensures that buildings in the district do not compromise people’s health and safety, and sets out how the Council will undertake its responsibilities under the Building Act 2004 that relate to dangerous, affected and insanitary buildings. 


What's included in the policy?

We have made a number of changes to the layout of this Policy and added some further content to assist in readability and clarity. This includes the following:

  • How a building may become a dangerous, affected or insanitary building.
  • More information relating to our district and how the Policy has been developed to reflect this.
  • Adding further information on how buildings may be identified as requiring an inspection
  • We have moved all information relating to heritage buildings to the ‘application of Policy to Heritage Buildings’ section.
  • We've made minor updates to the definitions contained in the Policy and these have been moved to the back of the Policy.


Are we proposing any changes to the Policy?

We are not proposing any major changes to this Policy and have only made minor amendments. These changes are indicated in the draft Policy in red text with proposed deletions struck through. We want to know from you if you think any changes are required to meet the needs of the community.


Get involved

Submissions have now closed. 


Draft Dangerous, Affected and Insanitary Buildings Policy 2024

Statement of Proposal

Draft Dangerous, Affected and Insanitary Buildings Policy 2024

Draft Dangerous, Affected and Insanitray Buildings Policy 2024 (tracked changes)



Project Timeline


Council adopt draft proposal for community consultation

13 March 2024



Submission period

21 March - 21 April 2024

Community present submissions to Council

8 May (9 May if needed) 2024

Council consider submissions/make decisions

TBA May 2024

Council adopt Dangerous, Affected and Insanitary Buildings Policy

26 June 2023

New Dangerous, Affected and Insanitary Buildings Policy applies

1 July 2024