Resource Management Amendment Act 2020

The objectives of this amendment Act are to reduce the complexity of the RMA, increase certainty, restore public participation opportunities and improve RMA processes. The provisions come into force at various times.

Full text

Resource Management Amendment Act 2020 [New Zealand Legislation website]


Resource Management Act 1991 [New Zealand Legislation website]

Overview of the changes

See Overview of changes introduced by the Resource Management Amendment Act 2020.

The amendment Act makes improvements to:

  • resource consenting
  • enforcement
  • Environment Court provisions within the RMA.

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The amendment Act also supports the need to improve freshwater management and outcomes, and respond to climate change in New Zealand.

It does this in the following ways.

The following guidance material from the Resource Legislation Amendment Act 2017 has been updated to incorporate changes as a result of the Resource Management Amendment Act 2020:

Cabinet papers

Regulatory impact analysis documents

Department disclosure statement