To achieve self-containment, your campervan or caravan needs to meet the criteria set out in the NZS 5465:2001 standard for self-containment. This standard ensures that a certified self-contained vehicle can cater to the occupants' ablutionary and sanitary needs for at least three days without relying on external services or discharging waste.
Having a certified self-contained vehicle allows you to enjoy freedom camping in some of New Zealand's most beautiful camping areas, often free of charge. Without this certification, you will not be able to make use of the numerous designated Self-Contained Areas and may face penalties for freedom camping.
If your vehicle does not pass the initial test for compliance with the requirements, you will receive a list detailing what changes are necessary to bring it up to standard. Once you have made these changes, we will conduct a retest free of charge. This means that you only need to pay once for testing.
Every waste tank, whether fixed or portable, must have a vent as part of its design. The vent serves an important function by allowing gases produced by decomposing waste inside the tank to escape safely instead of building up and causing potential issues.
The purpose of the blue responsible camper sticker is not to verify certification, but rather to assist council enforcement officers in easily identifying a vehicle's certified self-contained (CSC) status. It is recommended that both the sticker and the warrant card be displayed for identification purposes.
A fixed toilet with a tank holding capacity of 3L per person. A wastewater holding tank with a minimum capacity of 12L per person and monitored if the capacity is less than the freshwater tank. Sealed Rubbish bin, and if you have a fixed tank, an evacuation hose (three metres for fitted tanks) or long enough to connect to a sealed portable tank.
A self containment certicate costs between NZ$45 and $120 depending on which self containment officer you have.
How long does a self-containment certification last? Up to 4 years unless modifications are made to any of the qualification requirements on the vehicle, then you will need a reinspection
A fixed toilet is defined as permanently mounted inside the vehicle and / or plumbed to a black water tank.