Chemical spraying for weed and pest control is generally permitted without needing resource consent.
However, you must:
- Use only a Pesticides Board approved spray.
- Use spray only as directed by the manufacturer's instructions.
- Minimise the effects of spray drift over property boundaries or other non-target areas, especially streams or water supplies.
Both the Air Quality Plan and the Fresh Water Plan for Taranaki contain guidelines for good spraying practices that will reduce potential environmental problems and help you meet the rules and requirements.
Applying fertiliser to land is generally permitted. In terms of air quality, it is important to be considerate of others:
- Minimise the amount of dust and odour produced.
- Consider the wind direction in relation to your property boundary and neighbours' houses.
- Don't spread fertilisers such as chicken litter on hot still afternoons.