Proposed Dangerous and Insanitary Buildings Policy

Closed 5 Mar 2018

Opened 5 Feb 2018

Feedback updated 6 Jul 2018

We asked

In November 2017, a Proposed Dangerous and Insanitary Buildings policy (proposed policy) was approved by Hamilton City Council (the Council) for consultation between February 2018 and March 2018 asking for public feedback. The proposed policy (found within the statement of proposal, found under Related heading below) set out how the Council will identify and deal with dangerous and insanitary buildings.

You said

Five (5) written submissions were received at the close of the consultation in March 2018 and one verbal submission was heard in April 2018.

The written responses received have been published and are available to view by clicking on Published Responses heading below.

A majority of submitters felt that the approach in the policy to identify and deal with dangerous and insanitary buildings was clear. A majority of submitters also felt that a revised version of the draft policy was not necessary.

We did

The Council decided in May 2018 to adopt the Dangerous and Insanitary Buildings Policy. The policy is scheduled for review in May 2023. The policy is published on the Council’s policies webpage and a link to the policy can be found here.

Published responses

View submitted responses where consent has been given to publish the response.


Hamilton City Council (the Council) is seeking feedback on a proposed new policy for Dangerous and Insanitary Buildings which sets out how the Council will identify and deal with dangerous and insanitary buildings.

The policy is focused on making sure people can live and work in buildings without compromising their health or safety. The policy does this by outlining processes that the Council will follow in relation to any dangerous or insanitary building that comes to the Council’s attention. The Council keeps a record of all dangerous and insanitary buildings on the property file which will be included in the LIM and which building owners will be able to access.

You can give us feedback from 5 February 2018 to 5 March 2018.

Previously the Building Act 2004 required the Council to have a policy on dangerous, earthquake‐prone and insanitary buildings. The Act was recently changed and now requires that the Council have a policy just on dangerous and insanitary buildings by 1 January 2019.

More information
For more information about what is being proposed including the proposed policy, scroll down to the “Related” heading below and click on the link to view the statement of proposal.

** Please be aware when providing personal information that all responses are part of the consultation process.  As such it may be reproduced and included in Council's public documents such as Council agendas and minutes. These documents are available on Council's website at

What happens next

Council will be hearing verbal submissions from those who wished to speak in support of their submission at the Regulatory and Hearings subcommittee meeting on 24 April 2018 in the Council Chambers.  This is a public forum which anyone can attend to listen to the proceedings, or tune into the live feed on the specified day at