Streamlining the regulatory regime for pest control

This page has information on the Government's proposal to streamline the regulatory regime for pest control.

About the proposal

The Government is proposing a new regulation to standardise and simplify the regulatory regime for vertebrate toxic agents. In the context of this proposal vertebrate toxic agents refer to substances used for managing or eradicating vertebrate pests (including pest fish). 

As part of the proposed changes the vertebrate toxic agents 1080, brodifacoum and rotenone will not need a resource consent or need to be addressed by regional plans for aerial or ground based application. The proposed regulation would not change the controls that are in place to protect people and the environment when vertebrate toxic agents are used under the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act 1996 and the Agricultural Compounds and Veterinary Medicines Act 1997.

Consultation on the pest control proposal closed in May 2016. The Government is working towards making regulations to simplify and standardise the regulatory regime for pest control. Further information on the progress of this work will be added to this web page as it becomes available.

Find out more

Streamlining the regulatory regime for pest control consultation document 

Cabinet paper: Streamlining the regulatory regime for pest control

Regulatory impact statement: Streamlining the regulatory regime for pest control (post-consultation)

Pest management [TBfree website]

Battle for our Birds [Department of Conservation website]