EPA gains new enforcement powers

Changes to the Resource Management Act which allow the EPA to provide greater support to local councils in RMA enforcement actions have come into effect.

The Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA) is New Zealand’s main piece of legislation that sets out how we should manage our environment. Most decisions on resource management are made by local government (councils).

The Chief Executive of the Environmental Protection Authority, Dr Allan Freeth, says “The EPA now has the statutory power to assist in an enforcement action taken by a local council, and if necessary directly enforce the requirements of the RMA. It will always be our intention to work in partnership with local authorities.

Councils can request EPA’s support in investigating non-compliance with the Resource Management Act.

Find out about the EPA’s RMA enforcement powers