Flood damaged buildings
Last updated: 17 February 2023
For homeowners and the occupiers of buildings affected by the North Island severe weather events in early 2023.
It is recommended that in the first instance you contact your insurance company and local council, to explain your situation and understand your options. It is also recommended that you take pictures and videos where possible of damage to your property.
If you are an uninsured homeowner, contact your local Emergency Operations Centre or Council.
This guidance is intended to assist homeowners and the occupiers of buildings who have been affected by the North Island severe weather events in early 2023. If you have any questions or concerns you should consult your local council, an engineer or other building professional or tradesperson.
If you are renting, contact your landlord to understand what steps they are taking in response to the damage.
This information should be read in conjunction with any guidance from your insurance company and/or local council, especially if your home has been issued with a red or yellow placard by a Rapid Building Assessor.
More information on the Rapid Building Assessment programme.
For more in-depth information on flood relief and recovery, BRANZ has a useful resource on restoring a home after flood damage.
In this guidance
- Remedial and repair works need to meet the requirements of the Building Act.
- Steps you should take and what to consider immediately after the flood.
Removing water and identifying damage to building
- How the flooding may have damaged key elements of your building and the potential risks associated with such damage.
- Information on how to remove water damaged items, and clean and dry out your home.
Repairs and minimising future damage
- Considerations before carrying out repairs, and how to minimise future damage.