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.
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.
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.
Strategic Compliance Framework 2016-18
Our policies are based on the regional sector framework.