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Trade waste

Find out how to apply to discharge trade waste and calculate fees that may be due.

All businesses that produce liquid trade waste and discharge to the wastewater system must apply for an approval to discharge. 

Got questions?

Please contact the Engineering Services Department, Phone 03 543 8400, or email

What is trade waste?
The Trade Waste Bylaw
Four types of wastewater discharge
Do I have to be an Approved Discharger?
Application forms and guidance flowchart

General Rule in Respect of Trade Waste and Domestic Wastewater Charges

Where trade waste is discharged or measured separately from domestic wastewater, both trade waste and pan charges will be applied cumulatively.  Where the waste streams are combined, the pan charge shall apply and act as a credit against the trade waste charges, so that only the trade waste charges in excess of the pan charge shall be payable.

Wastewater network charges


Charges from 1 July 2019

(incl GST)

Physical Connection per property 

Actual costs associated with connection plus administration costs 



Wastewater Network Charges for Nelson City Council properties

Charges from 1 July 2019

(incl. GST)

The Council provides wastewater services to some properties within the Nelson City Council boundaries, and accordingly charges for these services are made separately, but on the same basis as for Tasman District Council ratepayers as follows:

First water closet or urinal
Second to tenth water closet or urinal
Eleventh and subsequent water closet or urinal


Trade Waste Discharges
Charges from 1 July 2019 (incl GST)

Annual (or part there-of) trade waste

administration/inspection charge

Registered trade-waste activity


Conditional Trade Waste activity (includes temporary discharges)




* A 50% discount of the annual trade waste charge will apply to registered trade waste activities where the business activity is subject to a separate and concurrent Council licensing process; namely food premises and hairdressers.

Conditional Trade Waste Conveyance and Treatment Discharges (inclduing Temporary Discharges)

Charges from 1 July 2019
(incl GST)



Five-day Biochemical Oxygen Demand (BOD5)


Chemical Oxygen Demand (COD)


Total Suspended Solids (TSS)


Total Kjeldahl Nitrogen (TKN)


Total Phosphorus (TP)



Policy on Remission of Rates for School Wastewater Charges

The objectives of this policy are to provide relief and assistance to educational establishments in paying wastewater charges.

Rates Remission Policy - School Wastewater Charges (pdf, 30 KB)


Human effluent and rubbish poses a health risk and causes damage to our environment. Effluent must be disposed of at a campervan waste dumping station. Incorrect disposal of effluent or rubbish may result in an instant fine or prosecution.

Rubbish should be bagged and dropped off at any Resource Recovery Centre. Recycling can be dropped for free.

Find Resource Recovery Centres.

Free wastewater disposal points

Tasman District Council wastewater disposal points (no fee) are available at:

Golden Bay

  • i-Site Visitors Centre, Takaka
  • Entrance to Collingwood Camping Ground, William Street Collingwood Golden Bay - 03 524 8149


  • Western end of Marchwood Park Road, near the airport, off Queen Victoria Street. This new dump station replaces the one at Hickmott Car Park in Motueka.


  • Fittal Street (near entrance to resource recovery centre), 14 Fittal Street, Richmond

St Arnaud

Kerr Bay Camping Ground (DOC), Nelson Lakes National Park



At the entrance to the Riverview Campground

Other wastewater disposal options

Wastewater disposal points available to customers staying at each camping ground are available at:





Pohara Beach Top 10 Holiday Park

Abel Tasman Drive Pōhara, Golden Bay

No, guests only

03 525 9500

Richmond Motel & Top 10

29 Gladstone Road Richmond

No, guests only

03 544 5218

Club Waimea

345 Queen Street Richmond

No, guests only

03 543 9179

Abel Tasman Mārahau Beach Camp

9 Franklin Street Mārahau

No, guests only

03 527 8176

Totaranui Campground (DOC)

105 Totaranui Road Golden Bay

No, guests only

03 528 8083

Kaiteriteri Recreation Reserve

Kaiteriteri Sandy Bay Road Kaiteriteri

No, guests only

03 527 8010

Bethany Park Christian Camp

8 Martin Farm Road Kaiteriteri/Motueka

No, guests only

03 527 8014

Motueka Top 10 Holiday Park

10 Fearon Street Motueka

No, guests only

03 668 0241

Mapua Leisure Park

33 Toru Street Mapua

No, guests only

03 540 2666

Queen Street Holiday Park

442 Lower Queen Street Richmond

No, guests only

03 544 7677

Kiwi Park Motel & Holiday Park

170 Fairfax Street Murchison

No, guests only

03 523 9248

Riverside Holiday Park

19 Riverview Road Murchison

Yes, anyone can use

03 529 9591

Tapawera Settle Motels and Campground

19 Tadmor Valley Road Tapawera

No, guests only

03 522 4334


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