Policies

Policies are the procedures and guidelines that govern Whangarei District Council activities.

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Our Alfresco Dining Policy outlines how Council land can be used as outdoor seating for cafes and restaurants. It doesn't apply to private land. Our policy encourages appropriate, well designed alfresco dining that enhances areas for pedestrians, diners, visitors and residents.

It has special sections that apply to Cameron Street Mall and the Town Basin.

Backflow prevention devices stop contaminated liquids entering the water supply system.  The Backflow Prevention Policy outlines Council's commitment to the protection of drinking water, and contains guidance for industrial, commercial and residential properties. Residential properties must have a testable backflow prevention device at the property boundary if they have:

  • an alternative water supply
  • swimming pool
  • spa
  • irrigation system.

The Board Venue Policy specifies whether or not new TAB Board Venues may be established in the District and where they may be located. It allows for a maximum of two Board Venues in our District.

The policy only applies to stand-alone TAB Board Venues, which are operated by the New Zealand Racing Board. It does not apply to pubs or clubs who provide TAB gambling opportunities.

Three-yearly review of this policy is required by the Racing Act 2003. At its meeting on 22 July 2021, Council reviewed this policy and resolved to retain it with no changes.

Review of Board Venue Policy

This policy is about Council's role in the control of Class 4 Gambling venues, which are those with non-casino electronic gambling machines, commonly known as ‘pokie machines’. These venues can include pubs, hotels, clubs (but not casinos).

Three-yearly review of this policy is required by the Gambling Act 2003. At its meeting on 22 July 2021, Council reviewed this policy and resolved to retain it with no changes.

Review of Class 4 Gambling Venue Policy

The purpose of the Community Funding Policy is to guide the allocation and management of Council’s community grants and loans. It outlines Council’s drivers, objectives and approach to providing support to the community.

This policy should be read alongside the annual Community Funding Programme which lists the current funding options available, specific Fund criteria, closing dates and instructions for applying.

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