Enforcement Policy

This enforcement policy presents guidelines to be followed by staff exercising these roles, and also outlines mechanisms that the Council will adopt to ensure that its enforcement powers are exercised appropriately.

Under the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA), The West Coast Regional Council has statutory obligations for enforcing some provisions of this Act, commonly Section 9, and Sections 12 – 15. The enforcement mechanisms available to the Council under the RMA are concerned with three related outcomes:

  • To avoid, remedy or mitigate any adverse effects on the environment
  • To gain compliance with the RMA, resource consent conditions, regional plans and policies
  • To deter individuals or companies from undertaking activities that may result in major adverse effects on the environment.

Click here to download the Enforcement Policy 2013 (PDF, 163KB)

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