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Landform and geotechnical requirements

Tauranga City is located on land subject to various natural hazards that includes complex soils, flood prone land, coastal erosion and inundation.

Many developments will modify pre-development landforms and drainage patterns. Potential adverse effects can include flood damage, erosion, sedimentation, water pollution, short-term slope instability and ecosystem damage. The nature of many of the soils and landforms in Tauranga City is considered by experts as being very complex and difficult to assess.  

Design considerations 

To view the IDC requirements for undertaking assessments and for the design of earthworks for suitable and safe platforms for the construction of buildings, infrastructure and other structures, please refer to DS-10 Natural Hazards & Earthworks

Accredited geo-professionals 

To ensure the risks associated with complex geotechnical hazards are appropriately managed when undertaking building or land development, Council maintains a register of accredited geo-professionals. This register is for both Tauranga City Council and Western Bay of Plenty District Council.

Accredited geo-professionals List (100kb pdf)

To view the requirements of an accredited geo-professional, please refer to Section 7 and Appendix C of  DS-10 Natural Hazards & Earthworks

To apply to become an accredited geo-professional please complete the application below and email it to idc@tauranga.govt.nz

Applications are assessed once a year by an independent panel. Applications close the last day of September each year.

If you have any questions regarding the accredited geo-professional process, please contact the IDC team at Tauranga City Council.

Last Reviewed: 19/11/2020


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