Which rules apply?

What rules apply, now that the decisions on the proposed Southland Water and Land Plan have been notified?

The decisions version of the proposed plan supersedes the notified version. The decisions version of the proposed Southland Water and Land Plan has legal effect from 4 April 2018 but the existing operative plans still have full legal effect and weight.

Some existing activities have been allowed (permitted) by the operative plans, but they need a resource consent under the proposed plan.

In some cases, you may be able to continue your existing activities without consent if the effects are the same or similar in character, intensity and scale, and you were carrying out this activity before the notification of the decisions on the proposed plan (4 April 2018).


Contact the consents team at Environment Southland on 0800 76 88 45 for more specific advice on the consent requirements for your property.

Intensive winter grazing

Intensive winter grazing has a significant impact on Southland’s water quality.

Under the decisions version of the proposed Southland Water and Land Plan, from 1 May 2019 requirements for intensive winter grazing will change and a resource consent may be required for this activity to occur on your property.

Check out the information and flowchart in the factsheet to decide if winter grazing on your property needs a consent.

More information and application forms are here.

Page reviewed: 04 Apr 2018 9:53am