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This page contains information about Council's work in monitoring and managing public health in the Whangarei District.
Updated: 23/03/2017 9:02 a.m.
 

Environmental Health Officers undertake a range of inspection, monitoring and enforcement roles to protect the health and well being of the community. 

These include:

  • investigating alleged health nuisances and excessive or unreasonable noise
  • routine inspection of food premises, hairdressers, offensive trades, camping grounds and funeral directors to make sure minimum standards are met.

Health Act nuisances

Health nuisances can cause the spread of disease and cause annoyance.

Examples are:

  • a smelly compost heap that attracts flies and rats to an area.
  • refuse which is not put out for collection
  • shellfish, including kina, left on the ground to rot rather than being buried.

For information about the "nuisances provisions" under the Health Act 1956, follow the link below.

Health Act 1956, Section 29 

An EHO will investigate alleged nuisance, where a nuisance exists the EHO will ensure it is dealt with.

Noise control

Loud noise is particularly annoying and can cause stress which leads to illness. The Resource Management Act 1991 requires that noise must be controlled to a reasonable level at all times.

Night time parties and loud music with very low base is particularly stressful to people living nearby.

Council can require immediate control of what is termed “excessive noise” at any time of the day or night. “Excessive noise” means any noise under human control. 

Dealing with complaints

Armourguard carry out most noise complaint investigation.

When a complaint is made about loud noise, the enforcement officer will follow up and visit the property. If the noise is considered to be excessive, the people making the noise will be given a notice to immediately reduce the noise. The officer does not have to use a sound level meter to measure the noise. The Notice to reduce noise covers a period of 72 hours.

If the noise maker does not turn the noise down, or turns it down and then turns it again within the 72 hour period, further action may be taken. The enforcement officer, accompanied by a police officer can return to enter a house or property and seize equipment making the noise.  We may return the equipment if the offender pays costs.  If the noise has been an ongoing problem, we can choose to confiscate the equipment permenantly.

Our noise control service can be used at any time of the day or night by phoning 09 438 7513.

 

For information about the "excessive noise provisions" under the Resource Management Act 1991, follow the link below.

Resource Management Act, Section 326

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