Resource Management (National Environmental Standards for Freshwater) Regulations 2020

Version as at 5 January 2023

Coat of Arms of New Zealand

Resource Management (National Environmental Standards for Freshwater) Regulations 2020

(LI 2020/174)

Patsy Reddy, Governor-General

Order in Council

At Wellington this 3rd day of August 2020

The Right Hon Jacinda Ardern presiding in Council


The Parliamentary Counsel Office has made editorial and format changes to this version using the powers under subpart 2 of Part 3 of the Legislation Act 2019.

Note 4 at the end of this version provides a list of the amendments included in it.

These regulations are administered by the Ministry for the Environment.

These regulations are made under section 43 of the Resource Management Act 1991


on the advice and with the consent of the Executive Council; and


on the recommendation of the Minister for the Environment made in accordance with section 44 of that Act.


4Transitional, savings, and related provisions
5Regulations deal with functions of regional councils
6Relationship between regulations and plan rules and resource consents
7Regulations are subject to Resource Management (National Environmental Standards for Plantation Forestry) Regulations 2017
8This Part applies to farms of certain size
9Permitted activities
10Discretionary activities
11Non-complying activities
12Permitted activities: stockholding areas for small and young cattle
13Permitted activities: stockholding areas for larger and older cattle
14Discretionary activities: stockholding areas for larger and older cattle
15Application of this subpart
16Permitted activities
17Discretionary activities
18Permitted activities
19Discretionary activities
20Permitted activities
21Discretionary activities
22Permitted activities
23Discretionary activities
24Discretionary activities: conditions on granting resource consents
25Revocation of this subpart
26Permitted activities
26APugging standard
26BGround cover standard
27Restricted discretionary activities
28When regulations 29 and 30 do not apply
29Permitted activities and restricted discretionary activities: temporary further conditions
30Discretionary activities
32Interpretation of this subpart
33Permitted activity
34Non-complying activity
35Compliance with regional rules
36Operating dairy farm: monitoring and information required
37When this subpart does not apply
37AMeaning in this subpart of applying effects management hierarchy
38Permitted activities
39Restricted discretionary activities
40Permitted activities
41Restricted discretionary activities
42Restricted discretionary activities
43Permitted activities
44Restricted discretionary activities
45Discretionary activities
45ADiscretionary activities
45BDiscretionary activities
45CRestricted discretionary activities
45DDiscretionary activities
46Permitted activities
47Restricted discretionary activities
48Permitted activity: existing sphagnum moss harvests
49Discretionary activity: new sphagnum moss harvests
50Permitted activities
51Permitted activities
52Non-complying activities
53Prohibited activities
54Non-complying activities
55General conditions on natural inland wetland activities
56Restricted discretionary activities: matters to which discretion is restricted
56AMeaning in this subpart of applying effects management hierarchy
57Discretionary activities
58Purpose of this subpart
59When multiple provisions of this subpart apply
60When this subpart does not apply
61Purpose of information requirements
62Requirement for all activities: information about structures and passage of fish
63Requirement for culvert activities: information about culverts
64Requirement for weir activities: information about weirs
65Requirement for flap gate activities: information about flap gates
66Requirement for dam activities: information about dams
67Requirement for ford activities: information about fords
68Requirement for certain structure activities: information about aprons and ramps
69Condition of resource consent for activities: monitoring and maintenance
70Permitted activities
71Discretionary activities
72Permitted activities
73Discretionary activities
74Non-complying activities
75What local authorities may and must not charge for
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