All Council facilities are now closed


During Alert Level 4 Restrictions

Updated 30 March

Follow all official health guidance – visit the national Unite Against Covid-19 webpage

Dog parks are OPEN

During COVID-19 restrictions, you can exercise your dog at a dog park but must keep at least 2 metres distance from other users at all times. Always keep dogs on a leash and don’t pat or touch dogs outside your ‘bubble’.

You should not drive to a dog park. Cars should only be used for essential requirements and people should stay local - walk to exercise within your local area.

Parks and reserves are OPEN

Parks and reserves are open for walking and general exercise. You must keep at least 2 metres distance from other people at all times.

Avoid using shared equipment or surfaces such as tables and benches. The COVID-19 coronavirus can rest on hard surfaces and be transmitted from person to person.

Playgrounds and hard surface sports areas are CLOSED

Keep off all playground equipment, tennis courts, basketball courts or any other shared equipment or surfaces.

These restrictions are important because the COVID-19 coronavirus can rest on hard surfaces and be transmitted from person to person.

It is not possible to fully fence off all playgrounds and sports surfaces. Please respect taped off areas and do not use any playground equipment or shared surfaces.

Rubbish and recycling collection continues AS NORMAL

Collections will continue as normal. Easter Friday collections will take place the next day - Saturday 11 April. Easter Monday collections occur as normal. Anzac Day (observed) Monday 27 April - collections will occur as usual.


Other Essential Services

Contacting us

You can still contact us for information about most of our services. To report issues or service requests:

Phone 0800 SELWYN (735 996)

Email us

Visit our Contact Us page on this site

You can also submit a request using the app Snap Send Solve

The Council will be maintaining essential services throughout the Level 4 Alert period. Here’s a summary of the key services that are continuing.

Animal control: We will continue to respond to serious and urgent animal control requests and incidents. The dog pound will continue to operate.

Building consents: We will continue to process new consent application and existing applications already in the system. This service may be subject to some limitations due to restricted access to physical property files.

Building inspections: We will not be taking any new building inspection bookings. We will advise in due course when this service will resume once the lockdown period ends. All other existing bookings in the system have been cancelled. Contact us on ContactUs@selwyn.govt.nz

Campgrounds: All camping grounds are CLOSED.
All freedom camping sites (Chamberlains Ford, Coes Ford, Lakeside, Whitecliffs) are CLOSED.

Cemeteries: We will continue to provide cemetery and interment services

Civil Defence: on call to provide support if needed.

Noise control: We will continue to respond to serious and urgent complaints.

Public toilets: Toilets in Council reserves are closed. Toilets will remain open and will be serviced on state highways only – SH1, SH73, SH75, SH77.

Resource consents: We will continue to process new consent application and existing applications already in the system.

Roading: Our contractors will deal with critical and urgent roading repairs and maintenance.

Rubbish and recycling collection: Collections will continue as normal. Easter Friday collections will take place the next day - Saturday 11 April. Easter Monday collections occur as normal. Anzac Day (observed) Monday 27 April - collections will occur as usual. The Pines Resource Recovery Park is closed to the public due to Covid-19 Alert Level 4 restrictions.

Water and wastewater: We are continuing to maintain critical water supply and wastewater services.

Repairs to the Waimakariri water race tunnel intake have been put on hold until the Level 4 Alert period has been lifted.

The flooding and coastal hazards drop-in sessions have been cancelled. 
If you would like to talk to Council about your affected property can still do that by:
- calling on 0800 SELWYN (735 996), or
- emailing contactus@selwyn.govt.nz,

A flooding map of all affected properties and more information on the proposed changes as part of the current District Plan Review is available.

Lava and Lime Scooters have both voluntarily removed their e-scooters from use during the Level 4 Alert period.


Council Facilities and Events

All Council facilities are now closed and all events are cancelled

Parks and reserves will remain open for people to get some fresh air during isolation, but please remember to practice social distancing. All playgrounds at parks are closed

The closure includes:

  • The Council's Rolleston headquarters from Wednesday 8am
  • All libraries and service centres (Darfield, Leeston, Lincoln, Rolleston)
  • Selwyn Aquatic Centre,
  • Lincoln Event Centre,
  • Rolleston Community Centre,
  • West Melton, Tai Tapu, and Dunsdandel community centres, and all other council-owned community centres.
  • All Council playgrounds
  • Pines Resource Recovery Park from 2pm Wednesday

If you are unwell and need health advice – contact your GP or call Healthline on 0800 358 5453.



This page last updated: 2020-03-30 15:14:41