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Council contacts and plan status

District and regional plans are one of the most important aspects of the Resource Management Act. The RMA says that councils have to prepare plans to help them manage the environment in their area. It is these plans that tell you what you can or cannot do as of right, and there are several different types.

  • Regional policy statements set the basic direction for environmental management in the region.
  • Regional plans concentrate on practical parts of the environment, like the coast, soil, a river or the air.
  • District plans concern the use and development of land and contaminated land and set out the policies and rules a council will use to manage the use of the land in it area.

Contact your council to view their plans. Contact details for each council can be found on Local Government New Zealand’s website.


Last updated: 4 September 2012