Tauranga City Council's bylaws are special laws that apply in the Tauranga area only. Bylaws help make sure the city runs smoothly, protect the public from nuisance and maintain public health and safety.
The Local Government Act 2002 requires all bylaws to be reviewed no later than 10 years after their last review. So our current trade waste bylaw – from 2008 – is now due for review.
Have your say by 5pm on Monday, 6 August 2018
Draft Trade Waste Bylaw 2018 (78pdf) Statement of proposal (11kb pdf)
Have your say on the trade waste bylaw
This is a formal consultation. Hearing of submissions will take place on 28 August 2018. We’ll use your feedback to propose a final revised bylaw for adoption by Council by the end of the year.
If you have any questions please contact the strategic policy and planning team on 07 577 7000 or email@example.com
What is trade waste?
Trade waste is liquid (usually water) used in trade and industrial operations, and that is discharged to the wastewater system – with or without matter in suspension.
What does the bylaw do?
The trade waste bylaw sets the rules about what can be discharged into the wastewater system, and the requirements around these discharges, like limits on pollutants.
The purpose of this bylaw is to help protect the health and safety of our community and our environment, and council-owned wastewater assets and infrastructure.
Having this bylaw means that everyone knows the rules, and that we can take enforcement action where necessary.
What changes are we proposing?
A technical expert reviewed the bylaw to check whether the requirements it sets are still relevant and suitable to protect our community and environment. This review concluded that there are no issues with the trade waste bylaw as it is, so we’re not proposing any changes to requirements.
The one change we are proposing is to replace reference to the ‘wastewater network’ with ‘wastewater system’. This means the bylaw would apply to the entire system for collection, treatment and disposal of wastewater (all sewers, pumping stations, storage tanks, wastewater treatment plants, outfalls and other related structures operated by the council), not just the network (the pipes).
We’re also proposing to remove some definitions that are not used in the bylaw, and some minor edits to improve the clarity of the bylaw.
The proposed changes don’t impact on Tauranga residents or businesses. However, as we are reviewing the bylaw, this is the time to let us know if you have any comments on this document. If you think it doesn’t do its job, or if you think it does, send us your thoughts.