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
- and fire hazard overgrowths
Learn more about the bylaws.
Environmental Health Officers and Trade Waste Officers are responsible for the investigation of 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 called out by the Fire Service and 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), but if your business produces waste water that you wish to dispose of to the sewer, you may need to apply for a discharge consent to do so.
Council investigates complaints relating to health nuisances in the community.
Council works with the Regional Public Health unit on investigating 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.
Some food premises are now ‘audited’ rather than inspected after joining up with the Voluntary Implementation Programme. Officers also respond to complaints about the operation of the above activities.
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.
Environmental Health investigate notifications from New Zealand Police of premises being used for the manufacture of methamphetamine or storage of pre-cursor chemicals. Cleansing orders may be issued or emergency orders if there 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.
Environmental health officers investigate and report on:
- Excessive dampness
- Poor living conditions and over crowding
- 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).