Environmental Health

BylawsCamping GroundsFuneral Directors | HairdressersOffensive TradesTattooing and Skin PiercingAsbestos ContaminationMethamphetamine ContaminationRecreational WaterFees and ChargesRegistering a Food Business

Our Environmental Health team is dedicated to ensuring that Invercargill residents and visitors stay safe and healthy.  We do this by monitoring and inspecting a variety of activities and premises to make sure that the Council’s legislative requirements are met.

How to contact us

Contact the Environmental Health team on:

 

Bylaws

The main bylaws that we operate under are

The Health and Hygiene Bylaw, which sets out the standards for acupuncture, body piercing, electrolysis, and tattooing

The Environmental Health Bylaw which includes mobile trading, the Central City liquor ban, solvent abuse, untidy sections and abandoned vehicles.

Responsibilities of the Environmental Health Team

Our Environmental Health Officers are responsible for monitoring:

  • Camping grounds
  • Funeral directors
  • Hairdressers
  • Offensive trades
  • Tattooing and skin piercing

We can also provide information and advice on:

  • Asbestos contamination
  • Methamphetamine contamination
  • Recreational water

 

Camping Grounds

Environmental Health Officers inspect camping grounds for compliance under the Camping Grounds Regulations 1985 and the Health Act 1956.

Before their business opens to the general public, camping ground operators must also check with the Council’s Building, Resource Management and Environmental Health Sections for approval.  It is important that all camping grounds comply with the requirements of all legislation, and the Council can help to ensure that this happens.

Environmental Health Officers will make sure that the activities of the camping ground do not pose any public health risks.  Operators must have good operating standards and practices when they run their camping grounds.

Registration of business

Fill out an application for registration of premises form when your camping ground is ready to open for business.  One of our Environmental Health Officers will then make sure that you meet all of the requirements of the Regulations, and issue you with a Certificate of Registration.

You can either apply online, or in person by sending a copy of your application to:

Environmental Health Services
Invercargill City Council
Civic Administration Building
101 Esk Street
Private Bag 90104
Invercargill

Change of location or ownership

You will also need to fill out an application for registration of premises form if you transfer to a new location or when your business changes hands.

Renewal of registration

We will send you a reminder about your annual registration (the registration year starts at the end of August).  It’s really important that you have a current registration certificate at all times.

Inspections

An Environmental Health Officer will inspect your premises each year.  Other inspections may need to be undertaken if we receive a complaint.

Funeral Directors

Environmental Health Officers inspect funeral directors’ premises for compliance under the Health (Burial) Regulations 1946.

Before you open a funeral director’s business, you must check with staff in the Council’s Building, Resource Management and Environmental Health departments so that we can be sure that you comply with the requirements of all legislation.  It is important that the activities of Funeral Directors do not pose any public health risks, and that they have high operating standards and practices.  The Health Act 1956 governs funeral directors.

Registration of business

Fill out an application for registration of premises form when your business is ready to open.  One of our Environmental Health Officers will then make sure that you meet all of the requirements of the Regulations, and issue you with a Certificate of Registration.

You can either apply online, or in person by sending a copy of your application to:

Environmental Health Services
Invercargill City Council
Civic Administration Building
101 Esk Street
Private Bag 90104
Invercargill

Change of location or ownership

You will also need to fill out an application for registration of premises form if you transfer to a new location, or if your business changes hands.

Renewal of registration

We will send you a reminder about your annual registration (the registration year starts at the end of August).  It’s really important that you have a current registration certificate at all times.

Inspections

An Environmental Health Officer will inspect your premises each year.  Other inspections may need to be undertaken if we receive a complaint.

Hairdressers

Our Environmental Health Officers inspect hairdressers and barbers, including mobile and home based businesses, to make sure that they comply with the Health (Hairdressers) Regulations 1980.  The Council’s own Health and Hygiene Bylaw can also be a guide on issues such as infection risks, decontaminating equipment, and hygiene and cleanliness.

It is the operator’s responsibility to prevent infections, especially when items such as razors, scissors, combs, clippers and hairpins accidentally pierce the skin.  Any amount of blood or body fluids, often invisible on equipment or on working surfaces, can transmit infection, putting both clients and staff at risk.

Successful hairdressers and barbers will always have good health and hygiene practices, with staff who make sure that their clients are safe from the spread of infectious diseases.  Unclean premises and unsafe procedures can put the health of both staff and clients at risk.

Registration of business

Fill out an application for registration of premises form when your hairdressing salon is ready to open for business.  One of our Environmental Health Officers will make sure that you meet all of the requirements of the Regulations, and issue you with a Certificate of Registration.

You can either apply online, or in person by sending a copy of your application to:

Environmental Health Services
Invercargill City Council
Civic Administration Building
101 Esk Street
Private Bag 90104
Invercargill

Change of location or ownersip

You will also need to fill out an application for registration of premises form if you transfer to a new location, or if your business changes hands.

Renewal of registration

We will send you a reminder about your annual registration (the registration year starts at the end of August).  It’s really important that you have a current registration certificate at all times.

Inspections

An Environmental Health Officer will inspect your premises each year.  Other inspections may need to be undertaken if we receive a complaint.

Offensive Trades

Offensive trades operate under the Council’s Trade Waste Bylaw.  All businesses that operate, trade, manufacture or undertake the following activities are regarded as operating an offensive trade:-

  • Blood or offal treating
  • Bone boiling or crushing
  • Collection and storage of used bottles for sale
  • Dag crushing
  • Fellmongering
  • Fish cleaning
  • Fish curing
  • Flax pulping
  • Flock manufacturing, or teasing of textile material for any purpose
  • Gut scraping and treating
  • Nightsoil collection and disposal
  • Refuse collection and disposal
  • Septic tank desludging and disposal of sludge
  • Slaughtering of animals for any purpose other than human consumption
  • Storage, drying or preserving of bones, hides, hooves or skins
  • Tallow melting
  • Tanning
  • Wood pulping
  • Wool scouring

It is important that the waste that comes from these commercial and industrial premises is processed appropriately. (This does not include domestic sewage and wastewater systems.)  It is also important that operators use good operating standards and practices, so that the quality and quantity of discharges into our waterways is controlled.

Before opening for business, offensive trade operators must check with the Council’s Building, Resource Management, and Environmental Health Services.  Offensive trade businesses are inspected by Environmental Health Officers for compliance under the Health Act 1956.  This is to make sure that the offensive trade activity does not create any nuisance and complies with the Act’s requirements.

Registration of business

Fill out an application for registration of premises form when your business involving trade waste is ready to open.  One of our Environmental Health Officers will make sure that you meet all of the requirements of the Regulations, and issue you with a Certificate of Registration.

You can either apply online, or in person by sending a copy of your application to:

Environmental Health Services
Invercargill City Council
Civic Administration Building
101 Esk Street
Private Bag 90104
Invercargill

Change of location or ownership

You will also need to fill out an application for registration of premises form if you transfer to a new location, or if  your business changes hands.

Renewal of registration

We will send you a reminder about your annual registration (the registration year starts at the end of August).  It’s really important that you have a current registration certificate at all times.

Inspections

An Environmental Health Officer will inspect your premises each year.  Other inspections may need to be undertaken if we receive a complaint.

Tattooing and Skin Piercing

Tattooing and Skin Piercing businesses are inspected by Environmental Health Officers under the Health and Hygiene Bylaw to check for compliance. We also provide guidance to both operators (including home based and mobile traders) and the general public on issues such as infection risks, decontamination of equipment, disinfectants, operator hygiene and cleanliness.

Infections can occur during procedures through the use of different equipment, some of which can accidentally pierce the skin. Blood and body fluids do not have to be visible on instruments or working surfaces for infection to be transmitted. This puts both clients and operators at risk.

Successful beauty therapists, tattooists and skin piercing businesses will always have good operating practices and professionally competent staff members who make sure that they put the safety of their clients first. They provide a hygienic service in clean and pleasant premises.

Poor hygiene or unsafe procedures by operators where premises, furnishings and fittings are dirty or poorly maintained may lead to conditions that put at risk the health of both clients and operators.  Poor hygiene can also contribute to the spread of infectious disease.

Registration

Application for registration of premises form is to be completed when the operator feels that the premises are ready to open for business to the general public. The operator will be issued with a Certificate of Registration when the Environmental Health Officer is satisfied that they meet all the necessary requirements.

Change of location or ownership

You will also need to fill out an application for registration of premises form if you transfer to a new location, or if your business changes hands.

Renewal

Registration for the business is renewed annually every August – a reminder letter will be sent to all registered operators advising them that they need to do this.

Inspections

We will carry out routine inspections on an annual basis to check for compliance.  We may also inspect premises at other times if we need to collect evidence for an alleged offence.

Asbestos Contamination

Properties contaminated with asbestos can be a health risk to residents, people who disturb building material containing asbestos, or to neighbouring properties. To prevent health risks associated with exposure to asbestos, different agencies work together to ensure that the effects are minimised.

You must take care when removing asbestos, especially when the material is brittle, crumbly or has contaminated dust. Removal can be undertaken by a contractor who has either an A class or B class licence. It is not necessary to use the contractors if less than 10m2 of asbestos is to be removed.

Worksafe is available to help if you need to know more about asbestos contamination.  They can provide relevant information to anyone undertaking or commissioning residential or commercial work that may involve disturbing materials containing asbestos.

Testing for asbestos

If you suspect that building material may contain asbestos, you can contact Public Health South (PHS). They are available to test domestic asbestos samples for free.  Samples will be sent to a laboratory in Wellington.

Once asbestos contamination has been detected or confirmed by sample results, the Building, Resource Management and Environmental Health services will liaise and discuss the contamination levels with you, and set up an action plan to remedy the situation.

Asbestos disposal

Asbestos requires a special waste permit to be disposed at the Regional Landfill. For more information visit Wastenet.

Methamphetamine Contamination

Properties contaminated with methamphetamine pose a serious health risk, especially to their occupants.

The Council ensures that any information relating to meth contamination which is held on a property file is relayed to future owners through the Land Information Memorandum (LIM) process.

If you have a general enquiry or a complaint about contamination, you should contact the Police or Public Health South.

Recreational Water

The term ‘recreational water’ describes any body of water (still or flowing) that people come into contact with when they undertake recreational activities (bathing, water sports, domestic shellfish collection etc). (Ministry for the Environment).

A Memorandum of Understanding has been established with parties involved in this area to work cooperatively to ensure that the water quality quidelines for marine and freshwater recreational areas are implemented and managed across Otago and Southland.

The objective of the MOU is for parties to:

  • Work together to ensure safe, healthy waterways for future generations
  • Ensure fresh and coastal waters in Otago and Southland are safe for contact recreation and the gathering and human consumption of shellfish

The purpose of the MOU is:

  • To describe the roles of the organisations when managing the health risks associated with recreational water contact
  • To develop a cooperative approach to the management of recreational water quality
  • To ensure each organization participates in accordance with the MOU
  • To consider new monitoring and response programmes for emergent issues

City and District Councils:

    • Communicate and educate on human health risks of recreational waters in Otago and Southland
    • Advise the public when action and alert levels have been reached (as per Ministry for the Environment and Ministry of Health guidelines)
    • Maintain permanently erected signs where necessary. The purpose of signage is to raise awareness of potential risks, what to look for and to avoid. Signage is most useful at low performance sites which continually reach action levels due to high rainfall events/rough weather
    • Maintain a register of the location of signs and status
    • Assist the other agencies in pursuit of their responsibilities

If you have an enquiry you should contact Environmental Southland, Public Health South or the Environmental Health section of the Invercargill City Council.

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Check here for the Council’s Fees and Charges in relation to Environmental Health

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