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.
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.