The Environmental Health team enforce many of Council’s bylaws. These include:
- trading in public places
- fire prevention
- fire permits
- open burning
- smoke nuisance complaints
- fire hazard overgrowths.
Learn more about the bylaws
Environmental Health Officers and Trade Waste Officers are responsible for investigating incidents involving hazardous substances in public places and domestic dwellings.
Hazardous substances response
Council can respond to hazardous substances incidents on private residences and public places. Usually we're called out by the Fire Service; some incidents are also treated as pollution response. Hazardous substance incidents at workplaces are the responsibility of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (Worksafe NZ).
If your business produces wastewater that you wish to drain into the sewer system, you may need to apply for a discharge consent from us.
Council investigates complaints relating to health nuisances in the community.
Council works with the Regional Public Health unit to investigate notifiable infectious disease cases such as:
Licensing (alcohol, food etc)
Environmental Health Officers inspect various types of premises for licensing purposes. These include food premises, hairdressers, offensive trades, amusement devices, mortuaries and premises that sell alcohol. Our officers also respond to complaints about the operation of the above activities.
Some food premises are now ‘audited’ rather than inspected after joining up with our Voluntary Implementation Programme.
View more information and application forms.
Council's Environmental Investigation Officer investigates the dumping of litter and looks for evidence to prove who the culprit is for potential prosecution. Council also deals with non-complying refuse and problems with recycling put out by residents.
Learn more about rubbish and recycling.
Council responds to complaints and queries about noise issues, and operates a 24 hour noise control service.
Find out more information about Noise Control.
Our Environmental Health team investigates notifications from Police about premises being used to manufacture of methamphetamine or store precursor chemicals. We can issue cleansing orders - or emergency orders if there's a high risk to people or property.
Resource management reporting
Council provides reports on noise and other environmental health matters that may arise from an application for a resource consent.
Our environmental health officers investigate and report on:
- excessive dampness
- poor living conditions and overcrowding
- items of disrepair
- overcrowding issues.
Council works with the Greater Wellington Regional Council water quality scientists and the Regional Public Health in alerting the public to the risk of toxic algae.
Learn more about toxic algae (PDF 364 kb).