Enforcement actions

This page reports on enforcement actions taken by local authorities under the RMA. 

RMA requirements

To encourage compliance and penalise offences, the RMA provides local authorities with a range of enforcement mechanisms intended to be tailored to the severity and nature of the offence.

The key enforcement mechanisms available to local authorities are:

  • infringement notices
  • abatement notices
  • enforcement orders
  • prosecution.

Enforcement actions (infringement notices, abatement notices, enforcement orders)

 

2014/15

2015/16

2016/17

Number of local authorities that did not undertake any formal enforcement actions

12 18 22
Type of enforcement action that was the most commonly utilised enforcement tool Abatement notices Abatement notices Abatement notices

Number of enforcement actions (excluding prosecutions) that were undertaken by local authorities

 

3,358

 

3,544

3,273

Enforcement actions (prosecutions)

 

2014/15

2015/16

2016/17

Number of local authorities that used, or intended to use, the enforcement action of prosecution

24

21

17
Number of prosecutions initiated by local authorities 81

57

71

Number of prosecutions initiated that were about discharges of contaminants

39

32

50

See the Act

For more information on the RMA related to this page see the following sections of the Act on the New Zealand Legislation website.

Reviewed:
16/11/18