Council & City

Proposed amendments to fees and charges

Tuesday March 31 2020

Palmerston North City Council gives notice that it is commencing a consultative process to obtain community feedback on proposed updates to fees and charges for trade waste and planning and miscellaneous services.

Submissions open 1 April and close 4 May 2020

Council reviews fees and charges every year to ensure there is sufficient revenue to cover increases in operational costs and to satisfy the requirements of Council’s Revenue and Financing policy. In some cases there are specific bylaws which also need to be satisfied.

It is proposed the new fees and charges will take effect from 1 July 2020.

The changes to the various volume-based charges for trade waste reflect the trade waste volumes and costs for the 24 months to 31 December 2019 and are based on formulae contained in the Palmerston North Waste Bylaw. It is proposed to change the compliance monitoring charge for conditional consents from an annual one to a charge per sampling and analysis. This will mean the charges are more closely aligned to the extent of sampling and analysis required. It is also proposed to charge a new trade waste database licence fee to enable all conditional dischargers to have access to a database so they are aware of their data and compliance history.

Many fixed charges and deposits for planning and miscellaneous services will not increase. It is proposed a few will increase to reflect the increasing time spent on assessing applications. Charges based on hourly chargeout rates are proposed to increase by approximately 3%.

More information including the proposals and the schedules of proposed fees and charges can be inspected and/or obtained as follows:

Submissions are invited and must be received by the Council during the submission period which opens on Wednesday 1 April and closes at 5pm on Monday 4 May 2020.

To assist with processing (especially during the COVID-19 lockdown period) we prefer submissions to be in writing and emailed to submission@pncc.govt.nz

If you are unable to do this we invite you to ring our Customer Service Centre to make a telephone submission.

Submissions should include the name and address of the person making the submission, including a daytime telephone contact number, and also advise if they wish to speak about their submission to a meeting of Councillors.

Impact of COVID-19 on Submission Process
Since the Council approved this process for consultation New Zealand has been moved to alert level 4 lockdown due to the COVID-19 virus. The Council recognises that due to restrictions on communications and personal contact over the alert period it may be necessary to revise the process for receiving, hearing and considering submissions. We need to proceed with the consultation so that appropriate fees and charges can take effect from 1 July 2020. We suggest that the most effective means of communication during this period will be by emailing submission@pncc.govt.nz