Approved polyethylene welders need to be suitably experienced individuals who have relevant experience and skills and who undertake regular training.

Apply to be an approved PE welder

Download and complete the application form.

Pay the $575 (incl. GST) non-refundable application fee per applicant (not per company) at the Council service desk at 53 Hereford Street.

Send or email the application, including all required documentation as outlined on the application form to either:

  • Post: Approved PE Welder Application, Christchurch City Council, City Services Business Support Team, PO Box 73014, Christchurch 8154
  • Email:

All welding work must conform to the standards set out in the Council's Construction Standard Specifications and all materials used must be approved and acceptable to Council.

To become approved, applicants need to provide evidence to Christchurch City Council that they have:

  • Experience in welding polyethylene pipe in accordance with industry best practice and are familiar with Council standards and specifications
  • A suitable welding certificate that is not older than two years
  • A confined spaces training certificate that is not older than two years
  • Health and safety systems in place
  • Quality assurance systems in place
  • Public liability insurance cover
  • The resources to carry out the work quickly and efficiently.

Applicants and Council approved PE welders also agree to be bound by the terms and conditions [PDF, 100 KB].

Application process

On-site technical assessments are required to ensure that the applicant has the necessary experience, technical skills and resources to carry out the welding in accordance with Council regulations and relevant AS/NZS standards. The applicant will be contacted by the Council assessor to arrange the assessments.

Approval will be given in writing only and is only awarded to the individual and not to commercial entities. It is not transferable and can be withdrawn by the City Council upon non-compliance with the rules as outlined in the terms and conditions.

Approval is given for a two year period which aligns with the PE welding training. Approved welders will need to renew their approval every two years.

Please note that due to the large number of applications and the associated on site assessments the current turn around time is a minimum of two months. 

Enquiries about the scheme can be made by emailing Council on