Changes impacting business

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Proposed Changes to the Trade Waste Bylaw 2013

June 2019

After a review, Council has suggested some changes to make the bylaw more effective and improve understanding of how it regulates trade waste. Auckland Council sought feedback on the new proposed Trade Waste Bylaw and GETBA made a submission to ensure these changes will not result in new significant requirements for businesses.


Our Water Future consultation

April 2019

Prior to embarking on the development of a water strategy over 2019-2020, Auckland Council produced a discussion document seeking feedback on what kind of water future the city needs. Our members all use water to varying degrees and are affected by Auckland Council’s management of water in different ways.  GETBA made a submission highlighting relevant aspects of importance to the commercial sector.

Trade Waste Bylaw Review 2013 


Watercare replaced four existing trade waste bylaws with one Auckland-wide bylaw, standardising trade waste regulation across the city. A local information session for East Tamaki trade waste customers was held in February and the review decision was announced on 22 August 2013.

The new bylaw moves away from the historic varied consents system to individual contracts relating to each business' specifics. There are two categories – deemed, who will only require a standard ‘working with you' agreement and conditional, requiring a trade waste agreement. GETBA supported the move based on the expected outcome of deemed customers facing reduced compliance costs and the focus being on the customers that typically produce greater trade waste.


Decision on wastewater tariff changes announced 1 May 2013


Watercare's chosen option for a single, region-wide tariff to replace the 44 different legacy council charging regimes offers low user, medium user, high user and an industry pricing plan. The new tariff took effect from 1 July 2013 but will be phased in over three years, and in year one there will be no change to the existing tariff structure.

Implications for business: GETBA lobbied for the transition period to allow time for businesses impacted by the change to a volumetric 'user pays' approach to reduce their water use and consequent wastewater discharges, and also for some to rationalise the number of water meters.

> Click here for Watercare's presentation on the changes at the August GETBA Breakfast.

> Click here for GETBA's submissions to Watercare on these changes.