A warrant card is proof of identification and authority carried by some of our staff. The text on a warrant card indicates that the card holder (also known as an Enforcement Officer) is granted authority to perform a task under a particular Act or Bylaw. Enforcement officers must carry warrant cards, which list their powers and responsibilities.
Enforcement officers have a number of powers to enter property and take action, including to take samples, undertake emergency works actions or issue abatement notices or infringement notices.
Below is a list of Acts and Bylaws which some of our staff have powers to enforce.
Building Act 2004
Dog Control Act 1996
Fencing Act 1978
Food Act 1981
Freedom Camping Act 2011
Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act 1996
Health Act 1956
Impounding Act 1955
Land Transport Act 1998
Litter Act 1979
Local Government Act 2002
Section 164 - Seize property not on private land.
Section 171 - General power of entry.
Section 172 - Power of entry for enforcement purposes.
Section 173 - Power of entry in an emergency.
Section 174 - Authority to act and enter on private land.
Section 177 - Appointed as an enforcement officer giving authority to carry out functions and powers of an enforcement officer (includes enforcing offences against bylaws made under this Act).
Section 178 - Power to require certain information.
Section 181 - Authority to enter private land for asset maintenance.
Section 182 - Power of entry to inspect utility services.
Public Bodies Leases Act 1969
Public Works Act 1981
Reserves Act 1977
Section 42 - Give consent to cut or remove trees and bush from reserve.
Section 49 - Grant or decline the right of a qualified person to take specific specimens of exotic flora and fauna; which are not protected under the Wildlife Act.
Section 50 (1)- Authorise or decline any person to take or kill any specified kind or non-protected fauna from a scenic or historic reserve. Authorise or decline authority to use firearms, traps or nets for the above purpose.
Section 53 (1)(a-b) - Enclose reserve for purposes of regressing. Temporarily prohibit public access to a reserve.
Section 59A - Power to grant or refuse a concession in respect of any reserve.
Section 93 - Power of a ranger.
Section 95 - Power to seize property.
Section 96 - Power to seize trespassing animals.
Section 110 - Power to remove abandoned vehicles from reserves.
Residential Tenancies Act 1986
Resource Management Act 1991
Section 22 - Duty to give information.
Section 322 - Power to serve an abatement notice.
Section 323 (2) - Power to enter a place where a noise source is situated.
Section 327- Power to issue a noise direction.
Section 328 - Power to enter a place accompanied by a Constable.
Section 332 - Power of entry for inspection.
Section 333 - Power of entry for survey.
Sale of Alcohol Act 2012
Trespass Act 1980
Western Bay of Plenty District Council - Waste Management and Minimisation Bylaw 2022
Clause 10.2.4 (page 17) - Power to issue licence for collection and transport of refuse and recyclable material.