Local Regulations and Licences

Environmental regulations

Council enforces a number of environmental rules and regulations. Here's an overview of some and links to the others.

Abandoned vehicles

A (car, trailer, truck, etc.) may be considered abandoned if:

  • It is parked on a road or public place and has been there for a considerable period of time, and/or the vehicle is not known to local residents.
  • It is in a state of disrepair, un-roadworthy or of a wrecked appearance.
  • It may have no recent vehicle registration label, warrant of fitness and may or may not have license plates.

Note: Vehicles on private property are not deemed to be an abandoned vehicle.

Removing abandoned vehicles

Council will take the following action where a vehicle is deemed to be abandoned:

  1. Reasonable attempts are made to contact the owner of the vehicle after a notice is attached requesting removal within 3 working days.
  2. Police are contacted to determine whether the vehicle is stolen.
  3. If it is not a stolen vehicle and the owner still has not been identified or cannot be contacted, the vehicle will be removed and stored. A letter will be sent to the last known Registered Owner advising what has happened and requesting the vehicle be claimed within a specified time. Please refer to the Fees and Charges booklet to determine what fee is to be paid to Council, prior to collection of the vehicle.
  4. If after 28 days the owner still cannot be contacted and/or if no contact has been made to Council, the vehicle may be destroyed or placed for tender.
  5. The last Registered Owner will be invoiced to help recover costs incurred. Any money received from tender will be offset against expenses. If the proceeds from sale do not cover expenses, the last known Registered Owner will be billed.
  6. If the vehicle is stolen, Police will advise Council of their procedure on a case by case basis.

Note: Vehicles which are considered a total wreck and of little value will be towed and dumped immediately. Where possible, the last known Registered Owner will be liable for all costs incurred.

Abandoned vehicles are covered by the Local Government Act 1974

Illegal rubbish dumping

It is an offence to dump rubbish of any kind in public places, the roadside or parks and reserves.

Council will investigate anyone committing such an offence and may take enforcement action.

Council ask that you report incidents of this nature so that follow up action may be taken. If possible, recording the details such as date, time, location of the offence, and vehicle registration number will assist in our investigations.

Rubbish in bags placed on the roadside for collection earlier than collection day or after collection day is also littering. Offenders will be investigated by council and enforcement action may be taken.

Illegal dumping of rubbish is covered by the Litter Act 1979.

Signs and use of public places

If you are planning to use a public place for anything other than sports, you need to apply for a permit.

Some examples of when you need a permit:

  • displaying a sign
  • placing objects on or using a footpath, such as a heater or chairs and tables outside a cafe, or setting up a charity stall
  • mobile trading

These activities are regulated by the Signs and Use of Public Places Bylaw

Apply for a permit online

Alternatively, download and complete the application form at the bottom of this page and return it to the customer service centre or email it to eps@pncc.govt.nz

You also need a permit to park a motor vehicle for sale in a public place. We do not have a standard form for this. Please apply in person at our Customer Service Centre.

Trees and shrubs overhanging footpaths

All overgrowth and shrubs must be trimmed back clear of the footpath edge, and there should be a clearance of 2.1 metres (7 feet) of overhanging growth above the footpath for pedestrians and other footpath users.

Council will take action against residents or property owners breaching the above requirements by issuing notices requesting action to be taken within 14 days. After that time, if the problem is not remedied, a contractor will be engaged to complete the work at the owner's expense.

Trees and shrubs overhanging footpaths come under the Local Government Act 1974

Trees, shrubs, plants and vegetation

Council is responsible for maintaining vegetation on Council owned land and in public places, parks and reserves.

Property owners are responsible for the upkeep of their own property and are responsible for any nuisance or damage that their vegetation causes to neighbouring properties.

Council does not get involved with neighbour disputes. We suggest that you talk openly to try and work out a satisfactory solution between yourselves.