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Dunedin City Council

The Dunedin City Council is required under local government legislation to provide essential services and facilities to the city of Dunedin.

The Dunedin City Council (DCC) comprises the Mayor and 14 Councillors – elected every three years. The Council is responsible for governance of the city and setting its future direction to meet our vision: Dunedin is one of the world’s great small cities.

Enterprise Dunedin is a department of the Council which promotes information about doing business, tourism, education, screen opportunities and living in Dunedin.

DCC services

The Council provides a wide range of services and facilities for residents and visitors to the city. These, include roads, rubbish and recycling, stormwater, wastewater, water supply, economic development, community housing, environmental health, civil defence, animal services, public toilets, cemeteries, parks and reserves, streetlights, playgrounds, sportsgrounds, swimming pools, walking tracks, gardens.

DCC facilties

It also funds these major facilities - Dunedin Public Libraries, Dunedin Centre, Dunedin Botanic Garden, Dunedin Chinese Garden, Olveston, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Forsyth Barr Stadium, Moana Pool, Edgar Stadium, Dunedin Ice Stadium, Otago Museum and Toitū Otago Settlers Museum.

Community Boards

Dunedin City has six community boards. Each board is comprised of six members, plus one councillor that is appointed by the City Council. The community boards’ follow the same election cycle as the Council and are elected every three years.

The role of the boards is to provide advice to the Council on matters affecting their communities and to advocate for the interests of their communities. Community Boards may make submissions to the Council and other organisations on matters affecting the Community Board.

Resource consents

The Resource Management Act requires the DCC to manage the city's natural environment, including the land, water, resources and coast, in a sustainable manner. It has statutory resource management functions and responsibilities under the Resource Management Act 1991 and is tasked with promoting sustainable management of both the natural and built environment through a range of tools, including land use planning.

The Council seeks to promote well-being and improve the quality of life of residents and visitors through delivery of all these obligations.