Discharging On-Site Wastewater
A resource consent is required for discharging treated domestic effluent from an on-site wastewater system. On-site wastewater treatment systems include pit privies, septic tanks and more advanced systems such as secondary and tertiary treatment plants.
Before you apply you will need to read
RESPONSIBLE WASTEWATER ON-SITE WASTEWATER DISCHARGES INFORMATION BOOKLET THIS BOOKLET WILL HELP YOU TO INSTALL A NEW SYSTEM WITH INFORMATION ON:
• Rules for discharging domestic wastewater on-site
• Accredited systems and installers
• Resource consent requirements and costs
• Keeping your system serviced and maintained
Please note that different rules apply to consents within the coastal environment governed by the Hawke’s Bay Regional Coastal Environment Plan.
For information on Accredited Installers please see HBRC Wastewater Accreditation Programme
If you are using a drainlayer, make sure they are familiar with the ‘Australia/New Zealand 1547:2012 On-site Domestic Wastewater Management’. Hawke’s Bay Regional Council uses this standard in its assessment alongside Figure 6 of the Regional Resource Management Plan or Schedule N of the Regional Coastal Environmental Plan (if your property is located within the coastal environment) - see the Technical Information Sheet for more details.
Please contact the Consents Advisor on +646 833 8090 for more information about on-site domestic wastewater discharge consents, please contact the Consents Advisor on +646 833 8090. Note that HBRC staff are unable to design a system for you.
Four Things You Can Do to Protect Your Septic System:
- Regularly inspect your system
- Use water efficiently
- Don’t dispose of household hazardous wastes in sinks or toilets
- Care for your disposal field
You can contact the Consents Administrator Annette Brosnan +646 833 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.