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Quick answers provides answers to frequently asked questions about Environment Canterbury services and information. If you don't find an answer to your question here, please see our Services and A-Z index pages or contact our Customer Services team on (03) 353 9007 and let us know.
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Why has Environment Canterbury decided to split the Water Science charges by zones rather than spreading it across the whole region?
The money collected from consent-holder charges will be used for scientific work in that specific zone as well as a share of relevant regional work. The zones are the same as tho ...
What is the difference between the Water Science Consent Holder Charge and the resource consent compliance monitoring charges I already pay?
It is important to distinguish between compliance monitoring in relation to individual resource consents and the scientific freshwater investigations and monitoring carried out by ...
What consultation has Environment Canterbury engaged in with the community regarding the Water Science Consent Holder Charge?
There has been extensive consultation over the past couple of years on the introduction of a consent-holder charge towards our scientific investigations and monitoring work. The c ...
What types of resource consents will incur the Water Science Consent Holder Charge?
If you (or your company or organisation) has a resource consent(s) to either take water or discharge to water or land you will receive an invoice for the Water Science Charge. T ...
How can I find out what work the Water Science Charges will fund in my region?
A breakdown of the Water Science investigations in each area can be found on our website. ...
What sort of work does the Water Science Consent Holder Charge fund?
The revenue gathered from this charge will partly fund Environment Canterbury’s scientific work, which includes the investigation and monitoring of fresh water quality, quantity a ...
What is the Water Science Consent Holder Charge?
Each year Environment Canterbury undertakes an extensive work programme of scientific water investigations across the Canterbury region. This work provides Environment Canterbury ...
I own a heritage listed house in Rangiora. Will I qualify for an exemption from the ban on open fires and solid fuel burners?
If your property is listed in the Schedule included in Chapter Three of the Natural Resources Regional Plan or listed as a category B heritage home in the Waimakariri District Pla ...
Can an investigating enforcement officer issue an infringement notice if the occupier is out or does not answer the door?
An infringement notice (a fine of $300) may be issued later where appropriate at the officer's discretion, even if the occupier was not there for the visit or was unco-operative. ...
What is a Regional Land Transport Strategy?
The Regional Land Transport Strategy sets the direction for the region’s transport system for the next 30 years. The Strategy is important for a number of reasons. It influences ...
What is the Annual Compliance Administration charge?
The Annual Compliance Administration Charge is a fixed charge of $63.25 (GST inclusive). The charge is for costs associated with ongoing consent management responsibilities wh ...
Can I build an open fire in a house on a rural property?
You may be able to install an open fire depending on the size, zoning and location of your property. For properties greater than two hectares, not in an urban area and outsid ...
What does the Authorisation number on the Approved Woodburner list mean?
When a woodburner manufacturer wishes to sell a particular model of woodburner in Christchurch they must submit information to Environment Canterbury to prove that their burner me ...
Is there anything else that people can do to help improve Air Quality?
Even if you have a complying, low-emission woodburner, using it correctly can make a huge difference to its efficiency and to how much pollution it makes. For information on ...
I have been sold wet firewood. What can I do about it?
The Consumer Guarantees Act, administered by the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, covers the supply of firewood. This requires that goods must be fit for the purpose they are sold/bo ...
My house needs to be rebuilt due to earthquake damage, can I put a woodburner into my new home?
If your current home is in Christchurch Clean Air Zone 1 (most of the metropolitan area), you will not be able to install a woodburner in your new home, even if your current home ...
I have received a LIM from the district/city council and they have advised you may have information on liquefaction for the property. What information can Environment Canterbury give me?
A Land Information Memorandum (LIM) is a document issued by a city or district council (normally on payment of a fee) which gives information on any land within the city or distri ...
I am looking at buying a property and want to know whether it was subject to any liquefaction during the earthquake events, what information can Environment Canterbury give me?
Environment Canterbury cannot provide specific property liquefaction information. This is best obtained from the current property owner, geotechnical reports (if any have been don ...
Can I have a fire on the beach?
It may be possible to have a bonfire on the beach as long as certain conditions are met. These conditions relate to separation distances from other activities and offence to other ...
Do I need a Building Consent/PIM or a Resource consent to construct a dam?
Building Consents A building consent and PIM are required for all structures that meet the definition of a large ‘dam’, including flood control dams, significantly modified natu ...
When do I need a Building Consent to construct a Dam?
A building consent is likely to be required for building work as defined in the Building Act 2004. Some examples are: structural building, including Large Dams sitework assoc ...
Who is responsible for river erosion control?
Adjoining property owners are responsible for any work to prevent or repair riverbank erosion. Environment Canterbury will not pay for flood protection works unless the property i ...
Where can I get information on which River Rating District our property is in?
Our Customer Services team can advise which River Rating District your property is in. ...
How can I find out about Environment Canterbury flood protection measures?
You can find out what general flood protection works are planned over a 10 year period by looking at the Flood protection and control works section of the current Long Term Plan ( ...
Is Lake Ellesmere/Te Waihora open or closed at present?
You can contact our Customer Services team who can advise of the latest update as to whether the lake is opened or closed. Resource consent conditions set levels at which the ...
Does Environment Canterbury offer any funding for biodiversity projects?
Yes, there is now close to $3 million available annually from Environment Canterbury to support biodiversity protection and restoration in the region, as well as an increased and ...
Who can I report dumped rubbish, cars or other materials in riverbeds to?
If you find dumped rubbish, cars or other materials in Canterbury riverbeds please ring the Environment Canterbury Pollution Hotline on (03) 366 4663 or 0800 76 55 88. Please give ...
Can I dump material in riverbeds?
Dumping of materials in riverbeds is not allowed without a resource consent. Material should be disposed of at a landfill or refuse station that will accept it. ...
Can I access all river beds in Canterbury?
Access to river beds in Canterbury is subject to landowners permission where the river beds are on private land. To be sure who owns the area of riverbed you want to enter you wil ...
What are the ongoing responsibilities of the owner/applicant after the building consent for a dam is issued?
Once a landowner has secured the necessary building consents and resource consents to construct a dam, and have been issued with the Code Compliance Certificate (CCC), the Buildi ...
Can I start building work on my dam before I have all of the necessary consents (Building, Subdivision or Resource Consents)?
Generally no building work may start without consent; however there are some situations where building work may proceed after obtaining permission from the Council. This must be d ...