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Appendix 2: Current Consent Status and Provisions for Maintenance and Inspection of On-site Wastewater Systems

Regional council

Consent status

Maintenance and inspection

Environment Waikato Taupo: Existing and new systems are permitted activities. However, after 2013 existing systems in the near-shore zone will become controlled. Their status may also change depending on lot size. The owner provides a maintenance certificate to the council every three years for existing systems, and every five years for new systems.
Region: Existing and new systems are permitted until changes of the site or the system occur. Then the system must be either upgraded to permitted activity for a new system, or a discharge consent applied for. New systems are required to be maintained in line with TP58. There are no maintenance provisions for existing systems. Permitted activity criteria for the rest of the region are not specific about what has to be checked, just that the owner is responsible.

Environment Bay of Plenty

Rotorua: Existing conventional systems are permitted. Discharges from new conventional systems are a discretionary activity. Existing and new advanced systems are permitted. Systems located in specific areas will become discretionary after 2010. Existing systems are required to have maintenance and performance inspection, an approved certifier, and pump-out every three years. A certificate is issued to Environment Bay of Plenty (EBOP). Existing and new advanced systems are maintained in accordance with the manufacturer’s design.
Outside Rotorua catchments: Existing and new conventional and advanced systems are permitted. However, systems located in certain areas will only be permitted until 2010, after which the consent status will change. Existing and new conventional systems are subject to a maintenance and performance inspection programme, pump-out every three years (six years for new systems), and inspection of the system by an EBOP approved inspector. Existing and new advanced systems are maintained according to the manufacturer’s design specifications, including desludging. Records are forwarded to EBOP.

Auckland Regional Council

New and existing systems are permitted.

New aerobic type systems have a programmed maintenance contract. There are no provisions for existing systems yet, but the proposed Air, Water and Land Plan means they will require maintenance.

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council

Existing and new systems are permitted. Large-scale systems and systems located in sensitive areas are discretionary.

There are maintenance provisions for existing and new systems.

Taranaki Regional Council

Systems are permitted.

Systems are maintained according to TP58 and the NZ Manual of Alternative Wastewater Systems. There are no inspection provisions within the rule.

Environment Canterbury

Existing and new systems are permitted. Systems located in sensitive areas are discretionary.

Inspection and maintenance are required for all systems. Information is recorded and forwarded to Environment Canterbury (ECAN) upon request. At present, and due to lack of resourcing, ECAN staff do not routinely require these records unless they have been alerted to an issue.

Greater Wellington Regional Council

Existing and new systems are permitted.

The system should be maintained on a regular basis. There are no requirements for records to be kept or sent to the Council. Only the few septic tanks that have resource consent are monitored.

Northland Regional Council

Existing systems and existing primary treated effluent into land via deep soakage and rapid infiltration are permitted. New primary treated effluent to land via deep soakage and rapid infiltration is discretionary. Primary and secondary treated effluent from on-site wastewater systems is permitted.

There is a programmed maintenance contract only for secondary systems, and no requirement for records to be kept and/or supplied to the Council. There are no requirements for maintenance and inspection for the rest of the existing or new systems or effluent.

West Coast Regional Council

Discharge from existing and new systems is a permitted activity.

Maintenance should be in accordance with TP58. Systems that have discharge permits are required to be maintained in accordance with the manufacturer’s specifications.

Environment Southland

Existing and new systems are permitted

There is a requirement for maintenance, but no requirement for records to be kept and/or supplied to the Council. The Council only monitors consented systems.

Horizons Regional Council

Existing and new systems are permitted, but if systems do not comply with the rule they will require resource consent.

There are no inspection and maintenance provisions linked to the rule.

Otago Regional Council

Existing and new systems are permitted, but if discharge from systems enters water it is a discretionary activity.

There are no inspection and maintenance provisions linked to the rule.

Tasman District Council Sensitive areas: Systems that have secondary treatment are permitted. If systems do not have secondary treatment they are considered discretionary. Systems located in the Wastewater Management Area are controlled. For properties over 2 ha the activity is controlled; for under 2 ha it is restricted discretionary. There is a written maintenance and monitoring contract, with an experienced operator. The contract specifies the frequency of maintenance and inspections. A signed copy of the contract is forwarded to the Council. Systems are serviced and inspected not less than every six months.
Rest of the district: existing and new systems are permitted. Rest of the district: There are no inspection and maintenance provisions linked to the rule.

Marlborough District Council

Existing systems are permitted. New systems will require resource consent.

Existing and new systems are required to be maintained. The Council is investigating options for co-ordinating pump-outs and disposal of waste. Advanced systems are required to have a maintenance contract on at least a six-monthly basis. Records are required to be kept and supplied to the Council.

Nelson City Council

Existing systems are permitted. New systems are permitted if the lot size is 15 ha or greater. If the lot size is smaller than 15 ha, the new activity is discretionary. New larger-scale systems (industrial/commercial) are discretionary.

Existing systems are required to be maintained in accordance with the manufacturer’s specifications. New systems are required to be regularly desludged.

Gisborne District Council

Existing and new systems are permitted. If a sewerage system is available it becomes restricted discretionary. Larger-scale systems are also restricted discretionary.

There are no inspection and maintenance provisions linked to the rule.

Far North District Council

 

All septic tanks are to be cleaned every three years. Confirmation is to be sent to the Council to be entered into the database. Inspections by the Council are not regular. Aerated systems, composting toilets and other approved systems must be maintained. Proof of maintenance must be presented to the Council within 30 days of maintenance.

Waitakere City Council

 

There is a maintenance and inspections programme. A department of Waitakere City Council pumps out the tank every three years. This is charged for as rural sewage in land rates.

Auckland City Council

 

Pump-outs are required every three years and a copy of the pump-out receipt sent to the Council within 14 days after the pump-out. An officer of the Council may enter any property and inspect any septic tank to check the condition of the tank and determine whether it has been pumped out in a satisfactory manner.