Have your say on applications or issues
We are New Zealand's environmental regulator. We manage applications and proposals for a wide range of activities that affect the environment – including:
- projects that are considered nationally significant
- areas in the Exclusive Economic Zone
- the importation, manufacture, use and storage of hazardous substances (including the development of codes of practice and group standards, and reassessments of controls)
- the importation, development, field testing and release of new organisms.
Putting in a submission
You can contribute towards the decision making for an application that is of interest to you by writing a submission. If a hearing is held for the application, you may choose to attend and speak about your submission.
It’s what your submission says that is most important – not how many people say the same thing. The quality of the information you provide helps the decision-making committee understand the issues.
Watch a video about our submissions process
In this section:
A submission needs to be made in writing. You can either use your own submission form or download and use our submission form.
Guidelines for writing a submission; what information you must include; what keeping your contact details confidential means.
A hearing is a formal meeting where submitters and applicants are able to present their views to the decision-making committee.
Submissions are a way you can contribute towards the decision-making process for an application.
There are a number of ways you can keep up to date with our latest applications and decisions.
A submission is a way you can contribute towards the decision making for the application you're interested in.
Read more about how decisions are made, either by us or independent decision-making bodies.
There are a number of terms you may encounter when having your say to the EPA. The definitions here will help you understand what they mean.