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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 ...
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 ...
Do I require permission from Environment Canterbury to decommission an existing well?
If you can meet the following conditions you will be able to decommission the bore without needing permission from Environment Canterbury. However, please notify our Customer Serv ...
How can I be exempt from requiring an Aquifer test when I apply to take ground water?
There may be situations where an Aquifer Test is not required before a groundwater application is made. 'Principles for exemption' have been developed by considering under which c ...
How can I find out about the swimming water quality for Canterbury beaches and rivers?
To find out about the swimming water quality for Canterbury beaches and rivers please go to the Environment Canterbury water quality website (link below). ...
How do I apply for a Building Consent to build a Dam?
In accordance with the Building Act 2004 and its Building Regulations, applications for Building Consents must be submitted on the prescribed form which is available from Environm ...
How high is the ground of Christchurch City above sea level?
Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) advise that the floor of the Christchurch Cathedral is 20.33 feet or 6.2 metres above sea level. ...
How is a Building Consent for a Dam processed and approved?
Environment Canterbury must decide within twenty (20) working days from receipt of all required information, whether or not to grant your application. Enviroment Canterbury will c ...
How is Lake Ellesmere/Waihora opened or closed?
The lake is opened by cutting a pilot channel of 15 metres wide and 1.8 metres deep through the beach with bulldozers. It can take two plus days on the first attempt to open the ...
I discovered an illegal water-bore/gallery/dam/divert/take (ground or surface water)/usage. Who deals with it?
Generally environmental incidents should be reported to the 24 hour Pollution Hotline on 0800 76 55 88. However you may have been referred to Customers Services because of Polluti ...
I have problems with my well. I wonder if my neighbour is overdrawing?
Problems accessing water from a well, especially when water levels are low (for example drought and cumulative effects of irrigation) may be a reflection of problems with the actu ...
If I apply to change the conditions on my water permit to include other uses, such as selling drinking water what sort of information will I need to provide?
You may only apply for a change in conditions to your current consent if you do not increase the volume of water abstracted per year. An increase in the volume of water abstracted ...
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 ...
What are Mining Privileges?
The oldest mining privileges were granted last century and included water race licences which give property owners rights to use water in certain streams for mining activities. As ...
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 ...
What information does Environment Canterbury require from an applicant for a ground water take consent?
Data from a pumping test will form part of the requirements for a groundwater take consent application. A step test will be required unless it is a replacement consent and a step ...
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 the opening of Lake Forsyth/Te Wairewa?
The Christchurch City Council has a statutory responsibility to manage the lake levels to avoid flooding. The openings are done in association with the local Rūnanga - Te Rūnanga ...
Why does Environment Canterbury require applicants for ground water take consents to supply results of an aquifer pumping test?
Canterbury groundwater is highly desirable with groundwater fully or nearly fully allocated in many areas. There is also a high density of bores in many places. If we are to main ...
I own a heritage listed house in Rangiora. Will I qualify for an exemption from the ban on open fires and solid fuel burners?
Can an investigating enforcement officer issue an infringement notice if the occupier is out or does not answer the door?
What is a Regional Land Transport Strategy?
Do I need a resource consent for taking gravel?
I want to report illegal or unsafe disposal of asbestos, who should I contact?
Who should I contact if there is, or may be, asbestos in my home?
There is a building being demolished and I am worried that there is asbestos that has not been removed. Who should I contact?
How will you help people learn more about burning better?
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