As a part of the Essential Freshwater package, the National Environmental Standards for Freshwater 2020 (NES-F 2020) introduced new regulations for stockholding areas on 1 January 2022.

These regulations must be followed by landowners who have existing stockholding areas or are planning to establish a new stockholding area. Regional councils are tasked with monitoring and enforcement of these regulations as well as, if necessary, processing resource consents.

To support the implementation of these regulations, the Ministry for the Environment has produced guidance on how the NES-F defines a stockholding area, and whether similar structures are to be considered under the regulations.

This guidance is not legally binding, rather it acts as a guide for farmers and regional council on whether the characteristics of stockholding facilities are to be regulated.

As a part of the Essential Freshwater package, the National Environmental Standards for Freshwater 2020 (NES-F 2020) introduced new regulations for stockholding areas on 1 January 2022.

These regulations must be followed by landowners who have existing stockholding areas or are planning to establish a new stockholding area. Regional councils are tasked with monitoring and enforcement of these regulations as well as, if necessary, processing resource consents.

To support the implementation of these regulations, the Ministry for the Environment has produced guidance on how the NES-F defines a stockholding area, and whether similar structures are to be considered under the regulations.

This guidance is not legally binding, rather it acts as a guide for farmers and regional council on whether the characteristics of stockholding facilities are to be regulated.