Connect to the Council sewer network

To connect to Council's sewer system, you need to submit an application for a building and you must use an approved contractor.

How to connect to Council's sewer network 

The process

Step 1.Check your property

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 sewer system, that a connection point exists to the property boundary and the system has enough capacity.

Phone: 09 430 4200

Online:  Enquire online

For most properties, a connection point would have been laid to each section when Council's sewer system was built.

Step 2.Apply for a sewer connection

There might not be a sewer connection on your property. In that case, a Public Utility Service Connection / Disconnection application form must be completed and submitted to us.

All public utility connection applications are assessed for Development Contributions.

Development Contributions

Public Utility Connection / Disconnection Application(PDF, 321KB)

If your new connection is to be a Pressure Sewer System vested to Council, please also complete the form below:

Agreement for provision of pressure sewer connection(PDF, 56KB)

You can find more about pressure sewer system here:

Pressure Sewer Systems

Step 3.Pay fee

A fee will be charged.

Your application will be processed once the fee and application form are received.

Drainage fees and charges

By email

Email the application form along with supporting documentation to:

We will contact you about the payable fees.  You can pay either online, in-person at one of our customer service centres or by phone. 

By post

Post your application including supporting documentation to:

Whangarei District Council 
Private Bag 9023
Whangārei 0148

We will contact you about the payable fees.  You can pay either online, in-person at one of our customer service centres or by phone. 


Bring your application, supporting documentation and payment to one of our Customer Service centres:

Forum North customer service centre
7 Rust Avenue, Whangārei
Monday to Friday - 8:00am to 4:30pm
Closed public holidays

Ruakākā service centre 
9 Takutai Place, Ruakākā
Monday to Friday - 8:30am to 4:00pm
Closed public holidays

Because connection involves working on the 'live' sewerage 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, shall be undertaken by either a Licensed or Registered Contractor for Wastewater.

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

List of approved contractors(PDF, 25KB)

Specifications for approved contractors(PDF, 1MB)

Please send your application to us via email:

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 you will find information guides specifically for the Oakura area:

Oakura Archaeology Map(PDF, 299KB)

Accidental Discovery Protocol (ADP)(PDF, 55KB)

Ngatiwai Information Pamphlet(PDF, 510KB)

Oakura Cultural Impact Assessment(PDF, 16KB)

CFG Heritage Report(PDF, 99KB)

Application for Archaeological Authority Form(PDF, 124KB)