Resource Management (National Environmental Standards for Air Quality) Regulations 2004

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Reprint as at 1 September 2020

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Resource Management (National Environmental Standards for Air Quality) Regulations 2004

(SR 2004/309)

Regulations name: amended, on 1 June 2011, by regulation 4(2) of the Resource Management (National Environmental Standards for Air Quality) Amendment Regulations 2011 (SR 2011/103).

Silvia Cartwright, Governor-General

Order in Council

At Wellington this 6th day of September 2004

Her Excellency the Governor-General in Council


Changes authorised by subpart 2 of Part 2 of the Legislation Act 2012 have been made in this official reprint.

Note 4 at the end of this reprint provides a list of the amendments incorporated.

These regulations are administered by the Ministry for the Environment.

Pursuant to section 43 of the Resource Management Act 1991, Her Excellency the Governor-General, acting on the advice and with the consent of the Executive Council (given on the recommendation of the Minister for the Environment after consultation in accordance with section 44 of that Act), makes the following regulations.


4Prohibition on discharges from certain activities
5Prohibition on granting of resource consents for certain activities
6Lighting of fires and burning of waste at landfill
7Burning of tyres
8Burning of bitumen
9Burning of coated wire
10Burning of oil
11Incinerators at schools and healthcare institutions
12High-temperature hazardous waste incinerators
13Ambient air quality standards
14Application of standards
15Regional council must monitor air quality if standard breached
16Regional council must give public notice if standard breached
16AExceptional circumstances causing breach of standard
16BAllowances for meeting PM10 standard [Expired]
16CMeaningful PM10 data for airshed
16DCalculation of airshed’s average exceedances of PM10 per year
17Certain applications must be declined unless other PM10 discharges reduced
17AApplication must be declined if discharges likely to cause concentration of PM10 in airshed to be above straight line path [Revoked]
17BApplication must be decided in accordance with regional plan if regional plan provides for curved line path [Revoked]
17COther applications must be declined unless discharges offset [Revoked]
18Resource consents for PM10 discharges before 1 September 2013 if concentration in airshed does not breach standard [Revoked]
19Resource consents for PM10 discharges after 31 August 2013 [Revoked]
20Resource consents for discharge of carbon monoxide, oxides of nitrogen, and volatile organic compounds
21Resource consents for discharge of sulphur dioxide
22Discharge from woodburners installed on certain properties after 1 September 2005 prohibited
23Design standard
24Thermal efficiency standard
24ADischarge from certain open fires prohibited
25Application of regulations 26 and 27
26Control of gas
27Flaring of gas
28More stringent rule, resource consent, or bylaw prevails
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