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Permitted activity guide

Farmers guide to permitted activities

About the Farmer's Guide to Permitted Activities

Under the Resource Management Act many activities require a resource consent unless they're permitted in a plan.

You can carry out permitted activities without a resource consent, as long as you comply with the conditions outlined in the Waikato Regional Plan. But getting your head around our rules and their conditions can be a challenge. That’s why we’ve put together this quick reference guide for the permitted activities most farmers in the region carry out.

This guide covers the key conditions of the permitted activity rules. It also gives you the rule numbers so you can easily look them up in the Waikato Regional Plan. 

Read the guide online: A Farmers Guide to Permitted Activities [PDF, 675 KB]

The guide covers:

  • Farm dairy effluent
  • Taking and using water
  • Dams and damming water
  • Stock in water bodies
  • Culverts and bridges
  • Earthworks and vegetation clearance
  • Drain construction and cleaning
  • Fertiliser
  • Agrichemicals
  • Composting and burning
  • Dumps and offal holes

Types of rules

If, for any reason, you are unable to comply with the conditions of the permitted activity rules, a resource consent must be obtained. In these circumstances, the activity is either 'controlled', 'discretionary' or 'non-complying'.

There are also activities that are 'prohibited'. Prohibited activities are not allowed to be undertaken and resource consents can't be sought for these activities.

Remember, this is a guide only

It is not a comprehensive list of all permitted activities or a complete and detailed copy of the conditions of the permitted activity rules.

To ensure you are familiar with all permitted activity rules and their conditions you should use this guide in conjunction with the Waikato Regional Plan. 

If you are in any doubt about the Waikato Regional Plan rules and how they apply to your farming activities, please call us on 0800 800 402.

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