Your responsibilities as owner of a private watercourse
Ō kawenga mō tō whaipānga ki tētahi ara rerenga wai
If you own a watercourse, you are responsible for ensuring that:
- litter and pollutants do not enter the watercourse
- there are no obstructions or impediments to the flow of water
- grates or outlets within your property are kept clear of debris at all times
- any work you do in relation to a watercourse must comply with the
- any related earthworks must comply with the provisions of the
Unitary Plan and the Stormwater Code of Practice.
Examples of works done on a watercourse
- Design and construction of pipes or other structures (requires a building consent[link])
- Earthworks around or in your watercourse
You should know
If you are the property owner, you have to pay for all costs of works on a private watercourse.
If you don't comply
If you do not carry out your responsibilities as a watercourse owner, we could serve you notice under:
- section 511 of the Local Government Act
- sections 13 and 14 of the Litter Act 1979
- the Resource Management Act 1991.
You could also face:
- civil proceedings with an affected property owner if you don't carry out your responsibilities and cause damage to their property
- notice from us for any breach of the
- an environmental infringement notice and fine
- a litter notice and fine.