Authorised drainlayers need to be suitably experienced individual workers who have relevant experience and skills.
To become authorised by Christchurch City Council, drainlayers need to provide evidence to Council that they have:
On-site technical assessments are required to ensure that the applicant has the necessary experience, technical skills and resources to carry out authorised work in accordance with Council regulations and standards. The applicant will be contacted by the Council assessor to arrange the assessments.
Approval will be given in writing only and is only awarded to the individual and not to commercial entities. It is not transferable and can be withdrawn by the Council upon non-compliance with the rules as outlined in the Terms and Conditions.
Please note that due to the large number of applications and the associated on site assessments the current turn around time is a minimum of 4 months.
Enquiries about the scheme can be made by phoning Council on (03) 941 8830.
An Authority Letter and Authority Card from the Christchurch City Council is required before you enter any Council owned confined space. The Authority to Access Council Services Confined Spaces is only granted once you have completed the following NZQA Unit Standards:
To maintain your authorisation, completion of refresher courses once every two years are required for these standards.
Send a copy of your up to date confined spaces training certificate, showing the unit standards completed, to:
Post: Confined Spaces, City Services, Christchurch City Council, PO Box 73014, Christchurch 8154
If you are not working under an established Permit to Work system approved by the Council (i.e. that of City Care Ltd or Fulton Hogan), you must follow the CCC Protocol for Entering and Working in Confined Spaces [PDF, 129 KB] and AS 2865:2009 Confined Spaces for all confined space entry.
Certifying Drainlayers are not Council Authorised Drainlayers.
A Certifying Drainlayer is registered under the Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Act 2006. This defines a drain as 'a pipe or series of pipes constructed or laid for the conveyance of foulwater, stormwater or industrial liquid waste', but 'does not include a pipe or series of pipes that is vested in or under the control of or maintained by a local authority'.
Hence a certifying drainlayer is registered for laying privately-owned drains (i.e. on private property), whereas a Christchurch City Council authorised drainlayer is approved for working on Council-owned and maintained assets including future assets which are to be vested in Council ownership.