About the Resource Management Amendment Act 2020

About the legislative changes that have been made through the Resource Management Amendment Act 2020. The provisions come into force at various times.

Link to the amendment Act

Overview of the changes

The objectives of this amendment Act are to:

  • reduce the complexity of the RMA
  • increase certainty 
  • restore public participation opportunities
  • improve Resource Management Act 1991 processes. 

See Overview of changes introduced by the Resource Management Amendment Act 2020.

The amendment Act makes improvements to:

  • resource consenting
  • enforcement
  • Environment Court provisions within the RMA.

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The amendment Act also supports the need to improve freshwater management and outcomes, and respond to climate change in New Zealand.

It does this in the following ways.

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Cabinet materials

Briefing notes

See briefing notes

Regulatory impact analysis documents

Department disclosure statement

Departmental disclosure statement: Resource Management Amendment Bill [PDF, 178 KB]

Departmental disclosure statement Resource Management Amendment Bill - supplementary departmental disclosure statement