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.
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 took responsibility for the Emissions Trading Scheme and Registry from January 2012.
Find out how we seek the input of tangata whenua and how this contributes to decision making.
See available roles and job vacancies, qualifications we seek, and application forms and information
We will be regulating activities in the EEZ and Continental Shelf when the Act comes into force or no later than 1 July 2014.
Access databases of applications, decisions, chemical inventory and classifications, controls, and test certifiers.