Process focus: Trade waste applicationss
What is trade waste?
In simple terms, trade waste is the discharge of wastewater into the public network from a non-residential activity. Trade waste sources can range from large industry (processing, manufacturing plants, engineering workshops) and commercial businesses (truck depot, restaurants), to health services (hospitals, medical centres, dentists, vets), small businesses (hairdressers, cafe) and even businesses run from home (hairdresser/salon, commercial kitchen making cakes).
The definition in Council’s Trade Waste and Wastewater Bylaw 2016: Is any liquid, with or without matter in suspension or solution, that is or may be discharged from a Premises to the Wastewater System in the course of any trade or industrial process or operation, or in the course of any activity or operation of a like nature; and may include Condensing or Cooling Waters; or Stormwater which cannot be practically separated.
What is Trade Waste Shared Services?
Waikato District Council has joined with Waipa District Council and Hamilton City Council to provide Shared Services for trade waste services. A key aim is to deliver integrated, sustainable and well-managed services that also protect and enhance the environment. It is hoped that trade waste customers will receive a consistent trade waste service across the three council territories. The sharing of staff and resources ensures a streamlined and efficient business model. You will notice our trade waste officer’s email address ends with @hcc.govt.nz.
Can I apply for trade waste approval before a building consent?
Yes. If you are proposing a non-residential activity that will discharge wastewater into the public network, it is recommended that you apply for trade waste approval prior to applying for building consent. This is to ensure your building consent application isn’t held-up while you liaise with our trade waste officer.
If you are unsure whether trade waste will apply to your proposal, it is recommended that you liaise with Council’s Trade Waste Officer prior to applying for building consent.
You can find the application form on our website. Council’s Trade Waste Officer will contact you to discuss your application and will advise of any further requirements.
Can I apply for building consent before trade waste approval?
Yes, however, it is recommended that you apply for trade waste approval prior to applying for building consent. Council’s Trade Waste Officer reviews all building consent applications for commercial activities and residential activities that may need a trade waste approval (for example a hairdressers / commercial kitchen run from home). The review by the Trade Waste Officer is to determine the nature of any discharge and whether approval is required.
If your building consent falls into one of the above categories, you will be advised via a request for information letter that “Trade waste approval may be required; council’s trade waste officer will contact you to discuss. Approvals to be obtained before consent will be granted.” This will hold-up your building consent. The Trade Waste Officer will notify the building team confirming whether or not trade waste approval is required. If trade waste approval is not required, it can be ticked off. If trade waste approval is required, the building consent will be granted once the Trade Waste Officer has approved the drainage plan. This is to ensure applicants don’t get their building consent approved to only have to apply for an Amendment if changes are required to the drainage plan.
Where can I get more information about trade waste?
If you have further questions about trade waste, please check out our website or contact the Trade Waste Officer on 0800 357 358 or email email@example.com