Compliance policies

​​​​Monitoring policy

This policy aims to provide clarity on Environment Southland’s compliance monitoring programme. It outlines our approach to:

  • the risk-based monitoring programme
  • encouraging compliance
  • dealing with non-compliance

We use risk-based monitoring in order to meet our requirements under the Resource Management Act 1991. The compliance team also apply the 4E’s approach in their monitoring programme.

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Enforcement policy

A large part of the compliance team’s work is focused on the monitoring of resource consent conditions and permitted activities. In a regional plan there are three major types of activities: 

  • Activities that do not require a consent, but have conditions that must be met (permitted)
  • Activities that do require a resource consent (there are differing consent levels)
  • Activities that cannot be undertaken (prohibited)

The compliance team monitor a range of activities that fall into each of these categories. When a breach is confirmed, which can be the result of regular monitoring programme, from self-reported incidents, or publicly reported incidents, Environment Southland has a statutory obligation to deal with under the Resource Management Act 1991. 

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Diversion scheme

Diversion enables eligible defendants to complete specified requirements within a given timeframe to avoid the continuation of a prosecution and the possibility of receiving a conviction. ​

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Page reviewed: 10 Nov 2017 3:47pm