Resource Management Act 1991

This page provides information about the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA) and regulations under this Act.

About the Act

The Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA) is New Zealand’s main piece of legislation that sets out how we should manage our environment. The RMA was created to achieve a more coordinated, streamlined, and comprehensive approach to environmental management. The RMA came into force in October 1991, and replaced or amended more than 50 other laws relating to town planning and resource management.

Regulations under this Act

There are 13 regulations under the Resource Management Act covering a broad range of activities, including:

  • requiring authority approvals
  • heritage protection authority approvals
  • forms, fees and procedure
  • marine pollution
  • metering of water takes
  • national environmental standards for contaminants in soil, drinking water, electricity transmission, air quality, air pollutants
  • dissolution of the Waitaki Water Allocation Board.

Read the Act and regulations

Read the Act and regulations on the New Zealand Legislation website.