The principal focus of Environmental Health is to protect and promote a safe environment, through education and compliance with legislation to ensure a high standard of public health is maintained.
The environment which we live in can directly and indirectly impact on our health and wellbeing.
Environmental Health Team
The Environmental Health team investigates, monitors, and assesses the effects of environmental hazards, such as pollution, unsafe food and infectious diseases on people's health and wellbeing.
The team ensures registered businesses comply with regulations and grant licenses to them. These businesses include Food Businesses, Hair Salons and Licenced Premises.
Nuisance complaints such as litter dumping, abandoned vehicles, noise control and food complaints are investigated.
Environmental Health Officers work collaboratively to achieve compliance with the following Whanganui District Council Bylaws:
- Alcohol Control Bylaw 2016
- Cemeteries and Crematoria Bylaw 2016
- Fire Bylaw 2015
- Keeping of Animals, Poultry, and Bees Bylaw 2015
- Public Places and Reserves Bylaw 2016
- Signage Bylaw 2015
- Water Supply Bylaw 2014
Whanganui District Council's District Plan and Policies, Strategies and Guidelines give guidance for the level of compliance required within our territory.
Potential fire hazards - update
If there's a property in your neighbourhood that you believe is a health or safety hazard due to an unkept section, you might first try talking to the property owner.
If this does not resolve the problem, call us on (06) 349 0001 to report a concern that does not present a fire risk, such as hoarding and other nuisance issues including vermin control.
If your concern is a fire risk, you can let Fire and Emergency New Zealand (FENZ) know about your concern by completing the online form available from FENZ here or calling 0800 336 942.
Please note that Fire and Emergency New Zealand is only able to take action to deal with genuine fire hazards, and not where the property is just unsightly or presents a health hazard.
Environmental Health staff are available at the Council's Customer Services Counter and by telephone (06) 349 0001 from 8.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday.
After-hours services are available through the Council's after-hours telephone service (06)349 0001.
Applying for a Health Licence