The Government utilises National Environmental Standards to manage certain activities.
These standards normally have a regulation that is issued under sections 43 and 44 of the Resource Management Act and apply nationally.
This means that each regional, city or district council must enforce the same standard. In some circumstances, councils can impose stricter standards. They are intended to protect people and secure a consistent approach and decision making process throughout the whole country. The regulations override rules in the Dunedin City Council District Plan.
There are currently three standards - telecommunication facilities, electricity transmission lines and contaminants in soil. The regulations are available on the Ministry for Environment website, and can be found under the heading "Publications relating to central government work".
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