Rules & regulations

Rules and regulations covering a range of activities are set out in the Council's Regional Plans, bylaws and other documents.

IMPORTANT: New freshwater regulations September 2020

New Government freshwater regulations came into force on September 3, 2020. These include rules and obligations around activities on land that may affect water.

The regulations widen the range of activities requiring resource consents and tighten restrictions for many activities covered by existing rules.

The new requirements are far-reaching and should not be ignored. If your farm or business is undertaking or planning operational changes or developments involving any aspect of fresh water or waterways, you should check if they apply. Even if you haven’t needed a resource consent for such work in the past, it’s important you talk to Council staff.

As a first step, download our summary of the changes that are particularly relevant to Taranaki. Over the coming weeks, we will add more detailed FAQs that outline the practical requirements and implications for Taranaki farmers. 

New freshwater regulations: What they mean for you [PDF, 644 KB]

FAQs: Stock Exclusion Regulations [PDF, 578 KB]

FAQs: Wetlands [PDF, 582 KB]

FAQs: Application of synthetic nitrogen fertiliser [PDF, 539 KB]

FAQs: Structures in rivers and lakes and reclamation of rivers [PDF, 1.3 MB]

FAQs: Feedlots and other stockholding areas [PDF, 753 KB]

Intensive winter grazing March 2021 update

The Government has deferred the introduction of IWG practice regulations for a year until May 2022. The Government will work with the farming sector during this period to improve on-the-ground IWG practices for the benefit of freshwater quality and animal welfare. Rules preventing the expansion of IWG still apply. Contact Taranaki Regional Council for more information.

Please note the TRC Requirements for Good Farm Management in Taranaki booklet (March 2017) and Council guidance sheets are currently being updated to take account of the new freshwater regulations. They therefore should not be relied upon. Instead, please contact the Council directly if you have any questions.

Regional Fresh Water Plan

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Regional Soil Plan

The Regional Soil Plan addresses soil loss and soil health issues largely by non-regulatory methods, though there are limited rules. The Plan is currently under review.

Regional Coastal Plan

The Regional Coastal Plan promotes sustainable management of natural and physical resources in the coastal marine areas and includes legally enforceable rules. The Plan is currentl...

Regional Air Quality Plan

Air quality in Taranaki is of a high natural standard and the Regional Air Quality Plan for Taranaki sets out policies and rules to keep it that way. The plan includes amendments a...

Pest Management Plan / Biosecurity Strategy

The Plan is the Council's 'rulebook' that targets specific pests for eradication or sustained control in the region. The Strategy outlines our broader biosecurity goals and actions...

Navigation Bylaws for Port Taranaki & Approaches

These bylaws aim to make Port Taranaki and its approaches safe for all users, including bathers and recreational boaties as well as commercial traffic.

River control bylaws

River Control and Flood Protection Bylaws