This page reports on enforcement actions taken by local authorities under the RMA.
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
- 26 local authorities intended to prosecute (13 territorial authorities, 10 regional councils, three unitary authorities).
- 81 prosecutions were initiated.
- 14 local authorities did not undertake any formal enforcement action (excluding prosecutions).
- Abatement notices were the most commonly used enforcement tool.
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Download the complete dataset for complaints, monitoring, compliance and enforcement [Excel, 733 KB].
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.