Resource Management Act 1991

The Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA) is New Zealand’s key piece of legislation setting out how we sustainably manage our environment.

Under the RMA, local councils are responsible for making decisions to manage the effects of land use. They are required to prepare district plans to help carry out their functions under the RMA.

Historic heritage is a considered a matter of national importance under the RMA. Decision-makers must work to recognise historic heritage and protect it from inappropriate use, development, and subdivision.

Talk to your council about any district plan requirements relating to your building. For example, if your building is included in the district plan heritage schedule, you may need resource consent for a seismic strengthening project.

Contact your council – Local Government New Zealand website