A Council-approved policy is a statement of position on an ongoing or recurring matter, issue or problem. Its purpose is to direct any response, future action, or inaction.

There are two types of Council-approved policies.

External policies

  • Policy frameworks: These set goals and direction for a broad range of Council activities and tend to influence how and what Council activities are delivered. They are integrated into related Council decisions, planning, operations and procedures, e.g. Sustainability Policy; Ageing Together Policy.
  • Tactical policies: These identify what the Council will do in a specific or recurring set of circumstances. They may have operational procedures associated with them. Some tactical policies may be the result of statutory requirements, or they may have been developed to provide guidance to staff on operational issues or to make clear to the wider community the Council’s position on a specific issue, e.g. Dog Control Policy; Gambling Venue and TAB Venue Policy

Council management also has its own internal policies that direct its in-house operations and practices. These are not included in the Policy Register.

Banks Peninsula 

A number of policies from the Banks Peninsula District Council remain in operation. These are being progressively reviewed and will either be combined with Christchurch City Council policies or will remain as a policy that applies in the former Banks Peninsula district.