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Connecting to the Sewer Network

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This page contains information about how to connect to Council's sewerage and stormwater drainage networks.
Updated: 17/07/2019 9:42 a.m.

Before any work is started on-site, please contact us to confirm that your property is in an area that has access to Council's sewerage system, a connection point exists to the property boundary and the system has enough capacity.

For most properties, a connection point would have been laid to each section at the time of constructing the main sewer pipe.

Connecting to the network

To join onto the connection point at the property boundary you will need a building consent. This must be obtained before any work is started on site.

It is a straightforward consent process, which is usually handled by the registered drainlayer employed to carry out the work.

The building consent application must include details of the proposed drainage from the house to the Council connection point and how the existing on-site system will be decommissioned.

As a guide, this should include how the system is to be emptied, disinfected, broken out and backfilled, to stabilise the ground and make the excavation safe.

Property owners need to ensure that there is no stormwater inflow or infiltration into the Council sewer from their property.

The applications are processed within 20 working days.

A building consent fee is involved which includes one inspection by a building inspector to pass the work before final connection is made. Our Customer Services staff can advise actual fees for individual situations.

You can find out more about building consents and download application forms by following the link below.

Public utility connections

A branch pipe up to the property boundary from the sewer may not exist for new subdivisions. In these cases a Public Utility Service Connection / Disconnection Form must also be completed and returned to us.

All public utility connection applications are assessed for development contributions.

Public Utility Connection/Disconnection Form [162kb]

Agreement for Provision of Pressure Sewer Connection [273kb]

Development Contributions

Development contributions (DCs) are assessed on all resource consents, Property Information Memoranda (PIMs), building consents and public utility applications.

For more detailed information about DCs, follow the link below.

Approved contractors

Because connection involves working on the 'live' sewer system, the work must be done by an approved licensed waste and drainage contractor.

Work on any pipes which are to be vested with, and maintained by us on completion, can be undertaken by a Licensed Drainlayer (as defined by the Plumbers, Gas Fitters and Drainlayers Act 2006) and their work needs to be certified by a Certifying Drainlayer.

We generally maintain pipe work constructed beyond the private / public property boundary up to and including the main sewer line.

For details of Council approved contractors and the specifications required to be an approved contractor, select from the links below.

List of Approved Contractors [66kb]

Specifications for Approved Contractors [194kb]

Oakura wastewater connections

The high number of archaeological sites in the Oakura area combine to form a very special heritage landscape. Care must be taken when carrying out any excavation in this area.

Listed below are some information guides specifically for the Oakura area.

Archaeological Map [299kb]

Accidental Discovery Protocol (ADP) [55kb]

Ngatiwai Information Pamphlet [510kb]

Cultural Impact Assessment (Ngati Wai) [17kb]

CFG Heritage Ltd Archaeological Report [100kb]

Application for an Archaeological Authority Form [125kb]


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