Connect to the Council sewer network

If a connection (stub connection) already exists from the Council main to the point of discharge (typically the property boundary), then building consent approval will be required to connect to the point of discharge.

If no connection exists then a Public Utility application must be made and approval given before you are allowed to connect.

The stormwater network is separate from the sewer network.

For information on how to locate your sewer network (e.g. pipes), please follow the link below:

Locate your water, sewer and stormwater pipes

Apply to connect to Council's sewer network 

By email

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.

Public Utility Connection / Disconnection Application(PDF, 195KB)

All public utility connection applications for sewer are assessed for Development Contributions.

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)

Step 3.Select and engage a licensed contractor

We recommend that you agree the price and availability with the Licensed Contractor prior to making the application. The contractor needs to be nominated on application form.   

Licensed contractors

Step 4.Email us

Email your completed application form and supporting documents to:

Email:  mailroom@wdc.govt.nz

Step 5.Pay fee

A fee will be charged and 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.

Pay an application fee or invoice

The application fee is separate to the costs payable to contractors for physical works and obtaining As-builts information.

Drainage fees and charges

Step 6.Assessment

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

We will assess your application and if approved, we will send you an approval letter.  Once approved, the work can be carried out by a licensed contractor.

Step 7.Book inspection

You must arrange for us to carry out an inspection prior to back-filling the new drainage and pump unit a minimum of 48 hours ahead of the time you require the inspection.

Book an inspection online

Step 8.Provide final documents

For gravity sewer system, you must supply us with the following within one month after the commissioning of the system:

  • final As-built plans

For pressurise sewer system, you must supply us with the following within one month after the commissioning of the system:

  • final As-built plans - the as-built plan will have to comply with our Environmental Engineering Standards.
  • technology supplier’s commissioning checklist
  • proof of warranty for pump equipment (minimum 24 months warranty period)
  • information for installation testing (e.g. pump chamber waterproof test).

Upload final documents online 

By post

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.

Public Utility Connection / Disconnection Application(PDF, 195KB)

All public utility connection applications for sewer are assessed for Development Contributions.

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)

Step 3.Select and engage a licensed contractor

We recommend that you agree the price and availability with the Licensed Contractor prior to making the application. The contractor needs to be nominated on application form.   

Licensed contractors

Step 4.Post it to us

Post the completed application form(s) and supporting documentation to: 

Whangarei District Council 
Private Bag 9023
Whangārei 0148

Step 5.Pay fee

A fee will be charged and 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.

Pay an application fee or invoice 

The application fee is separate to the costs payable to contractors for physical works and obtaining As-builts information.

Drainage fees and charges

Step 6.Assessment

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

We will assess your application and if approved, we will send you an approval letter.  Once approved, the work can be carried out by a licensed contractor.

Step 7.Book inspection

You must arrange for us to carry out an inspection prior to back-filling the new drainage and pump unit a minimum of 48 hours ahead of the time you require the inspection.

Book an inspection online

Step 8.Provide final documents

For gravity sewer system, you must supply us with the following within one month after the commissioning of the system:

  • final As-built plans

For pressurise sewer system, you must supply us with the following within one month after the commissioning of the system:

  • final As-built plans - the as-built plan will have to comply with our Environmental Engineering Standards.
  • technology supplier’s commissioning checklist
  • proof of warranty for pump equipment (minimum 24 months warranty period)
  • information for installation testing (e.g. pump chamber waterproof test).

Upload final documents online 

In-person

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.

Public Utility Connection / Disconnection Application(PDF, 195KB)

All public utility connection applications for sewer are assessed for Development Contributions.

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)

Step 3.Select and engage a licensed contractor

We recommend that you agree the price and availability with the Licensed Contractor prior to making the application. The contractor needs to be nominated on application form.   

Licensed contractors

Step 4.Bring into us

Bring your completed application form(s), 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

Step 5.Pay fee

A fee will be charged and you can pay any fees by cash, eftpos or credit card at our service centres.

The application fee is separate to the costs payable to contractors for physical works and obtaining As-builts information.

Drainage fees and charges

Step 6.Assessment

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

We will assess your application and if approved, we will send you an approval letter.  Once approved, the work can be carried out by a licensed contractor.

Step 7.Book inspection

You must arrange for us to carry out an inspection prior to back-filling the new drainage and pump unit a minimum of 48 hours ahead of the time you require the inspection.

Book an inspection online

Step 8.Provide final documents

For gravity sewer system, you must supply us with the following within one month after the commissioning of the system:

  • final As-built plans

For pressurise sewer system, you must supply us with the following within one month after the commissioning of the system:

  • final As-built plans - the as-built plan will have to comply with our Environmental Engineering Standards.
  • technology supplier’s commissioning checklist
  • proof of warranty for pump equipment (minimum 24 months warranty period)
  • information for installation testing (e.g. pump chamber waterproof test).

Upload final documents online 

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 licensed contractors(PDF, 143KB)

Specifications for licensed contractors(PDF, 1MB)

Please send your licensed contractors application to us via email:

mailroom@wdc.govt.nz

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)