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Is Prevention Better than the Cure? - Renewing your Water Permit

The Otago Regional Council (“ORC”) is required to take action to transition toward the long term sustainable management of the surface waters in the Otago Region.

This longer term goal is to be achieved under a new Land and Water Regional Plan (“LWRP”) which is mandated to be operative by 31 December 2025. In the interim, ORC have notified Proposed Plan Change 7 (PC7) as a transitional measure. It is intended to restrict ORC issuing surface water take consents (both new and in renewal) to a maximum term of six years.

The plan change applies to the following:

  • deemed permits expiring in 2021
  • any other water permits expiring prior to 31 December 2025.
  • New consents to take surface water (as to duration)

Applications for water permits to replace deemed permits or to replace water permits that expire before 31 December 2025 will be assessed under a new Chapter 10A of the Regional Plan: Water. All applications for new surface water permits that are not replacing either a deemed permit or an existing water permit will be assessed in accordance with the provisions in Chapters 6, 12 and 20, and as to duration, under Chapter 10A.

PC7 seeks to introduce the following changes:

  • A requirement for short duration consents (maximum term of 6 years) for all NEW water permits granted under the operative Water Plan rules.
  • Controlled activity regime (subject to compliance with a set of standards) for consents that REPLACE deemed permits, or resource consents that replace water permits that expire to 31 December 2025 with no notification (other than where customary rights apply);
  • Default to non-complying status for consents that REPLACE deemed permits, or resource consents that replace water permits that expire to 31 December 2025 which do not comply with controlled activity standards (e.g. maximum 6 year duration)
  • Definitions calculating to daily volume limit, monthly volume limit, annual volume limit

MACTODD’s Resource Management team are able to assist throughout this process and advise how PC7 may affect you. We are committed to providing a tailored outcome that best meet your needs and strategic outcomes. Our Resource Management team has a breadth of experience in preparing and assisting with submissions to plans and policy statements, and resource consent applications. 

Submissions can be made to PC7 up until close of business on Monday 4 May 2020. For further information and/or a discussion about how PC7 affects you, or to discuss lodging a submission or further submission please contact the following members of our Resource Management Team - Jayne Macdonald ( or Oliver Jolly (

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