(1) For the purpose of doing anything that the local authority is empowered to do under this Act or any other Act, a local authority may enter any land or building other than a dwellinghouse.
(2) If a local authority exercises the power under subsection (1) to enter occupied land or occupied buildings, it must give reasonable notice of its intention to enter—
(a) to the occupier, which notice must be given not less than 24 hours in advance; and
(b) to the owner, if the occupier is not also the owner,—
(i) as early as reasonably practicable before entry; or
(ii) as soon as reasonably practicable after entry has been made.
(3) In determining how to exercise the power of entry under subsection (2) and what notice is reasonable in the circumstances, the local authority must have regard to—
(a) the interests and convenience of persons who may be affected; and
(b) the requirements of any business utilising the land or buildings.
(4) If a local authority exercises the power under subsection (1) to enter unoccupied land or unoccupied buildings, the local authority must notify the owner—
(a) not less than 24 hours in advance of the intended entry if it is reasonably practicable to do so; or
(b) as early as reasonably practicable, whether before or after entry has been made.
(5) This section does not limit section 172 or section 173.