A boil water is in place for businesses and properties across Queenstown following a number of confirmed local cases of illness caused by the protozoa, cryptosporidium. This affects all properties serviced by the Council’s Queenstown supply including Frankton, Quail Rise and Tucker Beach Rd, Kelvin Heights and Hanley’s Farm. Read more here.

From Monday 18 September there will be no parking available directly outside the Gorge Road Council office due to construction activity associated with the Town Centre Arterial Road. Our Gorge Road Council office will be open as usual. But if you’d prefer, you can make use of our online services via our website or give us a call on 03 441 0499.

The state of local emergency in Queenstown, originally declared on Friday morning after a severe weather event, has been lifted. However, some restrictions will remain in place to protect public safety as the focus turns to recovery. Full information here.

Practice notes and guidance

The Practice notes below set out our interpretation of certain District Plan provisions where uncertainty or ambiguity exists. The District Plan Review will ultimately seek to clarify any provisions identified in Practice Notes.

  • Please note that with the issuing of decisions on submissions for Stage 1 of the Proposed District Plan, rules under the Proposed District Plan are now being triggered. QLDC's view is that discretionary subdivisions under the new PDP Rural chapter are not precluded from being publicly notified because applicants need to trigger a land use consent. This is because:

    • The PDP discretionary subdivision rule doesn’t reference building platforms

    • Applicants only trigger rule 27.7.10 if there is no platform being established.

    • As such the only way to apply for a platform is through the land use provisions.

    The Practice Note remains valid for Rural General zoned land not covered in Stage 1 of the PDP, for example land covered by the Stage 2 Chapter 24 - Wakatipu Basin.

    Regarding the Operative District Plan, it is important to note that as a result of the new Proposed District Plan, there are certain parts of the Operative District Plan that may be superseded. Therefore, it may be necessary to seek professional planning advice when in the design phase of a project.


Environmental Management Plan notes

Land development activities can have adverse effects on the surrounding environment if adequate controls are not in place - such as erosion and sediment runoff, dust, and site contamination. To help reduce these effects, we developed a set of guidelines for large scale developments. They can also be applied to smaller, residential builds.

They have been created to replace the existing Earthworks Guidelines, to raise the bar, and align the district with current industry best practice.

If you have any questions, please contact: RCMonitoring@qldc.govt.nz

Tiny homes guidance

If you are considering constructing or purchasing a tiny house to be located in the Queenstown Lakes District, we’ve prepared this factsheet to help you understand the legal requirements and the approach of Queenstown Lakes District Council.