Finding your way to regional rules using the Resource Management Act
This section of the guide can help you find a rule or regulation by searching through the restrictions in the Resource Management Act, 1991 (the RMA).
Part Three of the RMA contains people's duties and restrictions under the RMA. These restrictions are broadly categorised as
You can search through these categories in this user guide to help you find out if any particular activity is allowed or restricted by a regional rule in one of our regional plans.
Central government can adopt National Environmental Standards (NES) that are mandatory regulations introduced through sections 43 and 44 of the RMA.They automatically supersede controls placed by regional councils- unless the regional rules are stricter. The NES for air quality can be viewed on this site.
Other regulations adopted by central government under the RMA are the Resource Management (Marine Pollution) regulations, 1998.