Returning to the CBD

Re-entry information for building owners and managers

This information will assist central city building owners, their tenants, business owners and their staff understand the process for moving back into CBD locations.

There may be disruption from noise, heavy traffic, vibration and dust. Some inspections, repairs and assessments still need to be completed.

The CBD is still a work in progress.

Temporary repairs have been made to street-level infrastructure. Despite the best efforts, some repairs may not be identified until infrastructure is used.

Before a building is reoccupied, a Detailed Engineering Evaluation (DEE) must be provided to the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA).

Acceptable evaluations do not mean a building is completely safe – some hazards may require repair. For more information see our structural assessments page

Work on structural damage must meet legislative and building consent requirements.
Repairs to footpaths, roads and streetlighting are completed, though some repairs may be temporary and some surfaces may be uneven.