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Investigation and enforcement

On this page: Report an activity, Investigation and Enforcement Guideline

The purpose of the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA , the Act) is to promote the sustainable management of natural and
physical resources.

Regulation, through the development and implementation of our regional plans and individual resource consents, is required to
achieve this purpose, and enforcement of these regulations is essential to ensure the integrity of the purpose of the Act.

Credible, consistent and robust enforcement can only be achieved following thorough investigation into alleged or suspected breaches of regulations, rules or conditions. Within the boundaries of the Waikato region the responsibility for regulation, investigation and enforcement of certain aspects of the RMA falls to the Waikato Regional Council.

The specific group within the regional council responsible for this area of work is the Resource Use Group, and Resource Use Group staff shall consider enforcement action when any non-compliance with the RMA is detected.

Report an activity

Click here to report an environmental pollution incidentWe will investigate any complaint that suggests an activity may be operating without resource consent or breaching its resource consent conditions. We will inspect the site, and may carry out tests or take samples.

If the complaint is justified, the offender will be charged for the travel, inspection and administration costs involved with our investigation. We will decide after this investigation whether enforcement action is required.

Report a pollution incident or illegal activity
Please let us know about any activity that may affect our region's coastal, water, soil or air resources. Use our online form to report the activity, or call our Freephone 0800 800 401. Provide details about where and when the incident or activity took place and, if possible, the offender.

Investigation and Enforcement Guideline

Investigation and Enforcement Guideline (1mb)

Cover image of guideline documentThe purpose of this guideline is to:

  • provide a guide to the council in respect of its obligations to enforcement of the RMA
  • provide a broad understanding of how the Resource Use Group approaches enforcement of the environmental legislation it administers, including the exercise of prosecutorial discretion
  • explain how the Waikato Regional Council determines the appropriate liable party to pursue, and the appropriate enforcement
    action to take in a particular case
  • outline the possible enforcement actions able to be administered by the council
  • inform the general public of the council’s obligations, approaches to enforcement and the decision making process
  •  foster consistent, appropriate and coordinated enforcement action within the Waikato Regional Council
  • guide and assist officers of the council in the performance of their functions.

This guideline will be applied by the Waikato Regional Council in dealing with the community as a whole in regard to matters
that it regulates. In particular the guideline applies to:

  • industrial and commercial enterprises
  •  members of the public
  • local government agencies.