Drilling, construction and alteration of bores requires a bore permit, as these are Controlled activities in the Regional Resource Management Plan. Bores must be cased and sealed to prevent aquifer cross-connection and leakage from the surface into groundwater.
Important: a Bore Permit is NOT a resource consent to take groundwater from the well - see also 'Taking Water'
Before you apply, also read:
Technical Information on consent requirements (below)
Technical Information – Bores
Conditions for each bore permit are:
- All works and structures relating to this resource consent shall be designed and constructed to conform to the best engineering practices and maintained to a safe and serviceable standard at all times.
- The consent holder shall keep such records and provide information, as set out under ‘records for the drilling’ below, to Hawke’s Bay Regional Council within one month of the bore being completed.
- All bores to be used for water supply must be fitted with an effective valve to regulate the flow and must have adequate facility and access for the purpose of measuring water level and pressure.
You must be active in ensuring that there is no cross-connection. Failure to do so may result in degradation of water quality that others depend on. Enforcement action may be taken by HBRC if a bore is found to be inadequately maintained and managed leading to contamination. Your well driller can advise on bore security and decommissioning; well drillers are listed in the Yellow Pages of the phone book.
Bore Permit Application Form - fixed fee of $345 per bore will also need to be paid when the application is submitted.
You can contact Consents Advisor Annette Brosnan +64 6 833 8090 firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions about the consenting process.
A resource consent is a legal document. Keep it in a safe place and check it regularly to be sure you are fully aware of conditions.