A preliminary site investigation may be required for sites that are likely, or have been used for an activity that may have contaminated the soil.
This will need to be prepared by a suitably qualified and experienced practitioner.
This is a requirement under the National Environmental Standard for Assessing and Managing Contaminants in Soil to Protect Human Health (NES).
Examples of when the NES may apply is if you're building a new dwelling on land that was previously an orchard or had a sheep dip on it.
For more information about NES visit Ministry for the Environment’s website
We have historic land use records for much of our district
We can research this information for you for a fee.
Talk to our duty planner to discuss whether or not you need to get a 'Search of Council Records' prior to lodging your building consent application.
See resource consent forms - Search of Council Records