Draft Wastewater Drainage Bylaw

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Issued​: 20 May 2020
Submissions close: Monday 22 June 2020, 5pm

What is being proposed? 

Grey District Council currently has in place the NZS 9201: Part 22:1999: Wastewater Drainage Model General Bylaw.  This was reviewed and consulted on in 2019 and received no submissions. 

It is proposed to amend and update the bylaw to include updated legislation, standards and operational updates, as well as make the following changes: ​

  • The figure drawings and tables included in the Model General Bylaw have been updated to include only those that are currently utilised in the Grey District.

  • Where the Model General Bylaw allowed for either/or scenarios, only practices that are being utilised in the Grey District are now contained within the bylaw.

  • Documents that are not currently utilised have been removed from the schedule or where Council has been using a more specific document, these have been included, for instance the GDC Road Works/Utilities Connection or Disconnection Consent Form

  • Point of discharge is moving from the legal boundary in most cases to the point of discharge being the connection to the public drain in all cases.

Why is this being proposed? 

As part of the review of the Model General Bylaws undertaken, it was considered the current NZS 9201: Part 22:1999: Wastewater Drainage Model General Bylaw was no longer fit for purpose and many updates and amendments were required to lessen the ambiguity and reduce un-budgeted costs on Council from issues surrounding the point of discharge location and subsequent maintenance issues and charges.  

The Local Government Act 2002 requires that bylaws are reviewed on a 10 yearly cycle and for Council to continue to efficiently administer and enforce wastewater drainage in the Grey District, there must be a bylaw in place on or before 30 June 2020.   

What are the options? ​

There is only one option: ​

OPTION ONE: Council adopts the Draft Wastewater Drainage Bylaw for consultation.

  • ​​The bylaw is fit for purpose and updated to include only information utilised within the Grey District.

  • There will be less ambiguity and more fairness around allocating costs associated with issues arising from the point of discharge.

  • Property owners will be encouraged to take more responsibility to avoid putting inappropriate objects and materials down drains that are likely to cause blockages.

  • continuation of administrative functions are in place for wastewater drainage within the Grey District without interruption.

  • ​​The change to point of discharge may not be seen as positive by property owners.​

How to have your say 

Residents are strongly encouraged to have a say. Please take the time to read all bylaws, current and proposed, and have your say today. 

All submissions must be in writing. We will accept submissions in the following format: 

  • Council submission form – online or paper
  • Email to submissions@greydc.govt.nz
  • Written submissions posted to Grey District Council, PO Box 382, Greymouth or hand delivered to 105 Tainui Street, Greymouth​

You are welcome to address Council in person on your submission – if you wish to do this, please clearly indicate this in your submission. Council will hear and consider submissions at an extraordinary meeting after the close-off date (most likely the last week of June 2020). 

Every submission made to the Council will be acknowledged in accordance with the Local Government Act 2002, copied and made available to the public. 

Submissions close at 5pm on Monday 22 June 2020. ​


​Draft Wastewater Drainage Bylaw (PDF, 754KB)​
Wastewater Drainage NZS 9201 Pt22 1999​ (PDF, 1MB)
Summary of Proposal (hard copy of above information) (PDF, 146KB)
Submission Form (PDF,191KB)​

Do you wish to speak at the Council meeting in support of your submission?
Do you agree that Council adopts the Draft Wastewater Drainage Bylaw for consultation.
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