About resource management
EPA manages the
decision making process for proposals of national significance under
the Resource Management Act 1991.
Matters lodged may include:
applications for resource consent
a request for the preparation of a regional plan (other than a regional
a request for a change to a plan
an application for a change to or cancellation of conditions of a resource
a notice of a requirement for a designation or to alter a designation
a notice of requirement for a heritage order or to alter a heritage
All other matters under the Resource Management Act are managed by the Ministry for the Environment. See:
We have created a tool kit to assist potential applicants and submitters, including forms and guides around the process
The Minister determines whether a proposal is of national significance and directs it either to a Board of Inquiry or the Environment Court.
When a matter has been lodged with us, affected councils must be involved in the process
The Minister for the Environment can refer a matter to an independent board of inquiry and will appoint the board to consider the matter