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Other RMA Processes

In addition to resource consent applications, the RMA sets out a range of processes which provide for activities of a public nature. These processes protect heritage and outstanding water bodies and clarify and facilitate enforcement of the RMA's provisions. The RMA also makes special provision for dealing with matters of national significance.

Matters of national significance

The RMA makes special provision for dealing with matters of national significance.

Designations

Designations enable provision to be made for public works and other projects of a public interest.

Heritage orders

A heritage order provides for the protection of features and places of special interest in district plans.

Water conservation orders

Water conservation orders protect outstanding amenity or intrinsic values of waters in their natural or altered states.

Declarations

The Environment Court can be asked to make a declaration to clarify matters under the RMA.

Enforcement orders

The Environment Court can be asked to make an enforcement order which requires a person to comply with the provisions of the RMA.

Abatement notices

Enforcement officers, appointed by local authorities, may serve abatement notices and excessive noise directions to require a person to comply with the provisions of the RMA.

Offences

The RMA creates a range of criminal offences for contravening the provisions of the Act.