Bay of Plenty


The Bay of Plenty Regional Council’s Regional Plans sets out objectives, policies and rules to manage natural resources across the region.  

  • Regional plans manage natural resources – the use of water, discharges to water, discharges to air or land and activities which cause things like soil erosion or contamination.

E.g. rules for discharges, water takes, cultivation etc.

The Bay of Plenty Regional Council has streamlined their regional plans -  Air, Water and Land, River Gravel Management, Geothermal, Tarawera River and On-Site Effluent Treatment Regional Plans -  into the Bay of Plenty Natural Resources Plan (RNRP).

Each of the seven City and District Councils – Tauranga City, Western Bay of Plenty District, Rotorua Lakes, Whakatāne District, Kawerau District, Ōpōtiki District and Taupō District – have their own District Plans.

  • District Plans set out policy and rules for land use activities and subdivision. They manage land based on mapped ‘zones’ (e.g. Rural Zone, Residential Zone, Lifestyle Zone) with rules and policies relating to these zones.

E.g. rules for noise limits, earthworks, height or site coverage standards for buildings and structures, sets out activities which can occur without a resource consent in each zone.

Recent plan changes and submissions

Plan Change 13 (Air Quality) 

Bay of Plenty Regional Council's Plan Change 13 amended rules in the regional plan relating to air quality - including those relating to rules for agrichemical applications. These rules are now operative.

Click here to read HortNZ's summary of Plan Change 13

Opotiki District Plan review

Opotiki District Council recently reviewed their District Plan. HortNZ were involved throughout the process, telling the horticulture story and promoting outcomes that enable growing.  

The new Opotiki District Plan is now operative and available on Opotiki District Council's website.

Click to read a summary of the new District Plan

Plan Change 9 (Water Quantity)

Bay of Plenty Regional Council's PC9 sought to introduce region-wide water quantity rules - this plan change was subject to appeal, but was withdrawn in February 2020.

Click to read the summary