Stay within the limits if you want to drill a well or bore, and take and use groundwater without needing resource consents.
Wells & bores
You don’t need a resource consent to drill a well (up to 20m deep) or bore (more than 20m deep) as long as you meet the relevant conditions:
- Supply the Council with a copy of the bore log within four weeks of its completion.
- Ensure the bore is cased and sealed so that there is no leakage from the aquifer.
- Ensure the bore is more than 50m from any effluent treatment pond, septic tank or silage pit.
- Ensure the bore is more than 500m from the high-tide mark or any water-supply bore.
- Ensure the well is at least 25m from the sea, adjacent wells and any other water body.
- Ensure the well is at least 50m from any effluent treatment pond, septic tank or silage pit.
In each case, you will need to apply for a resource consent if you cannot meet these conditions.
Taking and using groundwater
You do not need a resource consent if:
- You’re taking less than 50 cubic metres a day or 1.5 litres a second.
- The well or bore is more than 50m from any effluent pond septic tank or silage pit.
- The well is more than 25m from the sea, any other well or a surface water body.
- The bore is more than 500m from the sea or other bores.
If you can’t meet these requirements, you’ll need to apply for a resource consent. Your application will be approved if:
- No saltwater will enter the groundwater as a result of the taking.
- The water level in any adjacent well will not be lowered significantly as a result of your groundwater draw-off.
If these conditions can’t be met, your application will be assessed and considered by the Council.