Welcome to the Environmental Protection Authority
New Zealand's Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) administers applications for major infrastructure projects of national significance, and regulates new organisms (plants, animals, GM organisms) and hazardous substances and chemicals. The EPA also administers the Emissions Trading Scheme and New Zealand Emission Unit Register, and manages the environmental impact of activities in the EEZ, including prospecting for petroleum and minerals, seismic surveying and scientific research.
Who we are, what we do, international connections, careers and job vacancies, corporate publications, and fees and charges.
New Zealand’s economy relies on organisms that are not native to New Zealand. The EPA ensures new organisms can be imported without harming our environment.
From petrol and LPG to toothpaste and fireworks - there are more than 100,000 hazardous substances in common use. We set the rules for safe use.
Applications for building roads, wind farms, and power transmission lines are examples of projects of national significance that are managed by us.
The EPA manages the administration of the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) and the operation of the New Zealand Emission Unit Register.
The EPA supports iwi and applicants through the engagement process and ensures Māori perspectives are considered in our decision making.
See available roles and job vacancies, qualifications we seek, and application forms and information
We commenced regulation of activities in the EEZ and Continental Shelf when the EEZ Act came into force on 28 June 2013.
Search our databases to get documents and records relating to hazardous substances and new organisms, resource management proposals and EEZ applications.