Public Notice under section 13 of the Litter Act 1979

The Christchurch City Council has adopted an infringement offence regime for litter infringements under the Litter Act 1979.

The Council intends to change and increase the infringement fees (fines) for litter infringement offences. The proposal is as follows:

The maximum fine for littering in the Christchurch District will be $400.

The following offence descriptors and graduated scale of fines will apply in the Christchurch District:

Fine Descriptors for typical offences
$100 Depositing litter of less than 1 litre in a public place or on private land without the occupier’s consent
$200 Depositing litter from 1 to 20 litres in a public place or on private land without the occupier’s consent
$300 Depositing litter from 20 to 120 litres in a public place or on private land without the occupier’s consent
$400 Depositing litter over 120 litres in a public place or on private land without the occupier’s consent
$400 Depositing offensive, commercial or hazardous waste in a public place or on private land without the occupier’s consent

• Where an offence fits more than one descriptor, the higher fine applies.

For a repeat of the same offence within 12 months, the next higher fine level applies, if applicable

Section 13 of the Litter Act requires the Council to give at least 14 days’ public notice of its intention to change the infringement fees. The Council will decide on this proposal in August 2016.

If you require any further information about this proposal, please contact Fiona Proudfoot on 941-8999.

J Daly
Council Secretary