Resource Management Act

Information about the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA), New Zealand's main piece of legislation which sets out how we should manage our environment. It outlines how to get involved in RMA processes such as resource consent, council plans and designations, proposals of national significance, what legislative tools are issued under the RMA, and RMA reforms. It also explains how local authorities are monitored under the RMA. 

In this section

  • This section has an introduction to the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA). It includes the roles and responsibilities of central and local government, requiring authorities and the Minister for the Environment and a glossary of RMA terminology.
  • This section explains Resource Management Act processes such as resource consent, council plans and designations, and how you can be involved.
  • This section has information on amendments to the Resource Management Act 1991. It links to important documents about amendments such as Cabinet papers and to fact sheets about changes.
  • This section explains the tools issued under the RMA that allow for administering and applying the Act. These tools are national environmental standards, national policy statements, specific regulations and water conservation orders.
  • Information on the National Monitoring System for the resource management system, and reviews and investigation of local authorities.
  • The Making Good Decisions certification process and certificate holders.
  • The Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA) provides for the Minister for the Environment to refer proposals of national significance to a board of inquiry or the Environment Court for a decision. This referral is known as a call in.
  • Resources for RMA practitioners