Policies & Bylaws

Alcohol Regulations 

Council has a Local Alcohol Policy and Alcohol Ban.

Code of Conduct (pdf, 232kb)

The Matamata-Piako District Council Code of Conduct sets out the values, understandings and expectations agreed on by the Mayor and Councillors about how they will conduct themselves while acting as Elected Members of the Matamata-Piako District Council.

Community Grants Policy

Council have set aside $30,000 each year ($10,000 for each ward) to provide funding assistance to community based projects.

Consolidated Bylaw 2008

Bylaws are local legislation enforceable by Council staff, and other nominated agencies. In 2008 most of Council’s Bylaws were reviewed and have been combined to form the Consolidated Bylaw 2008.

Development Contributions Policy (pdf, 2.3mb)

Development contributions (DCs) are charged to people who are developing property in the district. These payments ensure we can continue to provide assets and services to meet the demand created by growth. How much DC's will cost depends on the type of development and the area that it is in - please see the current Fees and Charges below.

Development Manual 2010

The MPDC Development Manual sets out the processes and standards that are expected to be followed and met whenever any development project is undertaken in accordance with Matamata-Piako District Plan.

District Events Funding

Are you running an event to benefit the community within our district?

We have $20,000 a year available to help community groups deliver great events in the Matamata-Piako District.

There are no funding round application dates. Applications can be made at any time during the year.

Funds can be used for new events or to help existing events to grow.


Earthquake-prone, Dangerous and Insanitary Buildings Policy 2016 (pdf, 1.5MB)

This policy exists to ensure that earthquake-prone, dangerous and insanitary buildings meet the requirements and intent of the Building Act 2004 and ensure that buildings in Matamata-Piako District do not compromise people’s health and safety.

Easter Trading Policy (pdf, 194kb)

The purpose of the Local Easter Sunday Shop Trading Policy ("Policy") is to enable shops to trade on Easter Sunday if they wish to. The Policy neither requires shops to open, or individuals to shop on Easter Sunday.

Fees and Charges (pdf, 420kb)

This document outlines all of Council's Fees and Charges. These fees and charges are applicable from 1 July 2018 and are inclusive of GST (except where otherwise specified).

Gambling Venue Policy 2016 (pdf, 1.5mb)

This policy outlines Council’s responsibility and role in dealing with gambling venues within the Matamata-Piako District. Note that Council also has a TAB Board Venue Policy (see below).

Infrastructure Code of Practice

The Infrastructure Code of Practice sets out the standards for materials and construction required by Matamata-Piako District Council.

Investment Policy (pdf, 187KB)

The Local Government Act 2002 requires Council to adopt a policy for the management of investments

Legal Highs Policy (pdf, 392KB)

Central government introduced the Psychoactive Substances Act 2013 in July 2013. This Act allows councils to work with their communities to determine where licensed retail outlets can be located through the development of a Legal Highs Policy. This policy is then considered by the Authority when making decisions on applications for licenses to sell legal highs.

Legal Highs – sensitive sites 

Applications can now be made to the Psychoactive Substances Regulatory Authority (Authority) to retail legal highs. There are however no approved products able to be sold at present. The Authority has setup a process should any applications be received to sell legal highs. Councils Legal Highs Policy restricts where legal highs can be sold from and the distance these shops need to be from a ‘sensitive site’. 

The maps below show the sensitive sites in Morrinsville, Matamata and Te Aroha. This will help potential applicants and the Authority work out where a legal high store could be located:

Matamata Sensitive Sites (PDF, 7.57MB)

Morrinsville Sensitive Sites (PDF, 6.71MB)

Te Aroha Sensitive Sites (PDF, 6.79MB)



Liability Management Policy (pdf, 199kb)

Section 104 of the Local Government Act 2002 requires us to adopt a policy for the management of borrowing and other liabilities

Local Governance Statement

This statement is a collection of information about how Council engages with the community, how decisions are made, and how citizens can influence those processes.

Policy on Dogs (pdf, 124kb)

Council have identified five objectives for dog control in the Matamata-Piako District and developed policies to help achieve them. 

Policy on the Remission and Postponement of Rates (pdf, 417kb)

This policy contains all our policies regarding the remission and postponement of rates.

Resource Consent Funding for Community Groups

We have set aside $15,000 to assist non-profit community organisations to fund the costs of resource consent applications. Applications can be made at any time, with a maximum of $5000 to be granted to each community group per project.

Significance and Engagement Policy (pdf, 592kb)

This policy helps Council to determine what the really important (‘significant’) issues are to the community, and how we will go about involving the community in making those decisions (‘engagement’).

Significant Natural Features Policy

Council has a ‘Significant Natural Features Fund’ where landowners who have a significant site such as a wetland and/or native bush area can apply for rates remission and/or funding towards fencing the site and project costs. 

Smokefree Policy (Proposed)

Council are proposing to implement a Smokefree Policy and we want to hear feedback on our proposed Policy to enable us to get an understanding of community views.
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Stormwater Requirements (pdf, 390kb)

This document outlines all the rules and regulations for Stormwater when undertaking a development in the Matamata-Piako District.
Soakage Design Guidelines (pdf, 2.6mb)
Residential Soakage Calculator (xlsx, 21.5kb)

Sustainability Policy (pdf, 212kb)

One of the purposes of local government is to promote the social, economic, environmental and cultural well-being of communities, in the present and for the future. Council has a clear responsibility to act, operate and develop in a sustainable way - this policy outlines how we will do this.

TAB Board Venue Policy 2016 (pdf, 1.4mb)

This policy outlines Council’s responsibility and role in dealing with TAB Board venues within the Matamata-Piako District. Note that Council also has a Gambling Venue Policy (see above).