Heritage EQUIP

Here’s how it works…

Heritage EQUIP is a special government fund that provides funding support to owners of earthquake-prone heritage buildings. They consider applications for funding three times per year.

Eligible buildings must meet the following criteria:

  1. Be privately owned, for examples by individuals, companies or private trusts.
  2. Must be earthquake-prone as determined by your Council or chartered professional engineer.
  3. Must be on the New Zealand Heritage List as either Category 1 or 2. Other heritage categories, for example buildings scheduled on a district plan, will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  4. Upgrade works must improve the earthquake resistant capacity of the building, or part of the building, so that it is no longer considered earthquake-prone (minimum of 34% NBS).

How much funding is available for Invercargill projects?

Heritage EQUIP has recently offered extra support to regional upgrade projects, as they recognize that these projects have a more difficult cost-benefit balance.  This extra support is available to owners of earthquake-prone buildings in regional New Zealand that are medium or high seismic risk areas (such as Invercargill).

Professional Advice Grants:

Good advice means more options for you as a building owner, and often leads to lower upgrade costs overall.  EQUIP offers up to 50% of professional advice costs, up to a maximum of $50,000.  This advice can include investigative reports, detailed seismic assessments, conservation and architectural plans, and structural engineering plans.  Eligible buildings must be Heritage New Zealand Category 1 or 2 listed buildings.

Upgrade Works Support:

You can get up to 67% of seismic strengthening costs, up to a maximum of $400,000.  You can also be funded for the extents of upgrade works above 34% NBS.

Projects can range in scale from smaller façade or parapet strengthening works, through to large-scale or staged projects.  Eligible buildings must have Heritage New Zealand or district plan recognition.

Solutions for multiple buildings

The costs of advice and strengthening work can be reduced if buildings are addressed together.

Proposals for multiple buildings in Invercargill are eligible to receive funding of up to 67% of both professional advice and upgrade works costs.

Professional advice may be funded up to $30,000.00 per building, and upgrade works may be funded up to $250,000 per building.

Need advice?

Get help in planning and managing your project at:

heritageequip.govt.nz   –  heritage.equip@mch.govt.nz  – 04 499 4229

or contact Simon Tonkin at the Invercargill City Council at 03 211 1777.