The NZMCA will no longer be certifying Non-Member Motor Caravans (vehicles) or Caravans as from Monday the 8th May 2017. If you are a Non-Member you are able to obtain certification through an external agency or Registered Plumber (who offers this service). This information is available by doing an internet search.
Certified Self Containment is maintaining and certifying your Motor Caravan or Caravan in accordance with the New Zealand Standard for Self Containment of Motor Caravans and Caravans, NZS 5465:2001.
The creation of the Standard was spearheaded by the NZMCA to provide a solution to the increasing problems associated with the use of Motor Caravans or Caravans and the disposal of waste. The NZMCA encourages all Motor Caravan or Caravan owners (which includes and is not limited to 5th Wheelers, Caravans, Campervans, Motorhomes, RVs & Buses), to make their Motor Caravan or Caravan self contained, and help protect the environment and public health from indiscriminate waste disposal.
Self Containment is the ability to meet the ablutionary and sanitary needs of the occupants of a Motor Caravan or Caravan, for a minimum of three days, without needing any external services or discharging any dry waste or sewage. All dry waste and sewage is to be disposed of at a waste dump station, which is connected to a sewerage or septic tank system or transfer station for dry waste. You shall not use chemicals in the self-containment system that could affect the operation of the dump station and the attached sewage systems.
A self containment certificate, displayed warrant card and blue responsible camper sticker demonstrate compliance with the minimum requirements of the Standard.
A SUMMARY OF THE MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS FOR SELF CONTAINMENT
Self Containment is the ability to meet the ablutionary and sanitary needs of the occupants of a Motor Caravan or Caravan, for a minimum of three days.
The Standard requires sanitary, safe installations:
- Fresh Water Tank: 4 L per person per day (12 L per person minimum); eg 24 litres is required for 2 people for 3 days & 48 litres is required for 4 people for 3 days;
- Sink; (via a smell trap/water trap and shall be to a sealed grey waste water tank so no water can spill on the ground);
- Grey/Black Waste Water Tank: 4 L per person per day (12 L per person minimum, vented and monitored if capacity is less than the fresh water tank);
- Evacuation hose; (3 m for fitted tanks) or long enough to connect to a sealed portable tank;
- Sealable refuse container (rubbish bin with a lid).
- Toilet(All Types – Portable, Cassette, Efficiency Flushing, Marine & Fixed): 1 L per person per day (3 L net holding tank capacity per person minimum);
A Portable Toilet must be adequately restrained or secured when travelling. The Portable Toilet shall be usable within the Motor Caravan or Caravan, including sufficient head and elbow room whenever required, even with the bed made up. Where permanent toilets are installed, this shall be in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions and comply with the sanitary requirements in section 3 of the Standard (Plumbing requirements).
When these conditions are met, a portable toilet may be used externally e.g. within a toilet tent or awning, where it is appropriate and convenient to do so.
Why Should I Certify My Vehicle?
A self containment certificate provides local authorities and communities with a way to recognise that a Motor Caravan or Caravan poses minimal risk to the environment and public health. That way they are able to accommodate Motor Caravans or Caravans at reserves and other areas where there are limited or no external facilities.
Without self containment, the environmental and public health problems caused by Motor Caravans or Caravans will become unacceptable, and will result in councils and government placing increasing restrictions on the use of Motor Caravans or Caravans.
It is also a requirement of joining the NZMCA that, a member certifies their Motor Caravan(s) or Caravan(s) against the current New Zealand Standard NZS 5465 and maintain this certification throughout the duration of their membership. For the avoidance of doubt, this rule only applies to members with a Motor Caravan(s).or Caravan(s).
How Do I Certify My Vehicle?
Path to Certification
If you are a Non-Member you are able to obtain certification through an external agency or Registered Plumber (who offers this service). This information is available by doing an internet search.
You should first check that your Motor Caravan or Caravan meets the minimum requirements of the NZ Standard by either referring to our Self Containment Summary, speaking to a Self Containment Officer/National Office Staff or purchasing a full copy of the Standard NZS 5465:2001 from Standards New Zealand (keyword 5465:2001)
When you're ready to have your Motor Caravan or Caravan inspected contact two of our Self Containment Officers (if this is a new/1st inspection) or one Self Containment Officer (for a re-check), to arrange a suitable appointment time and date.
If your Motor Caravan or Caravan passes its inspection, the check-sheet will be sent to the National Office for recording and processing of your certification documents. Please allow up to 5 working days from the receipt of the check-sheet. Certification is valid for 4 years unless the vehicle undergoes modifications or alterations to an item covered by the self containment certificate. In which case, it will need to be rechecked.