Working in and around rivers, lakes and wetlands

There are both regional and national rules that may apply to doing works in and around rivers, lakes, and wetlands. It is important to be aware of the relevant rules when carrying out any activities that may impact on our waterways, as they are designed to restore and protect them.

Identifying rivers, lakes and wetlands

This factsheet may help you determine what is a river: River factsheet

This fact sheet may help determine if you have a wetland on your property: Wetlands factsheet

Need help?

If you are planning to carry out any work in or around a river, lake, or wetland, and you are unsure what rules may apply to your activity, we’re here to help. If you would like more information about the rules and how they might affect you please, call 0800 474 082 or email

You can also book an in-person appointment with a member of our dedicated Resource Consent Public Enquiries team.


Gravel extraction

We work with the community to ensure the sustainable use of our natural resources. One such way is by ensuring the safe and sustainable extraction of alluvium. Read more

Doing works in or near wetlands

It is important to be aware of the national and regional rules when carrying out any activities in or near rivers, lakes or wetlands. Read more

Dam consenting requirements

A dam's safety is dependent on its design and construction, how it is operated, and how its maintained. Read more

Fish passage and instream structures

New Zealand has more than 50 species of native freshwater and sports fish. It’s important that in-stream structures such as culverts and weirs are designed to allow for fish passage. Read more

Stream clearance and works in waterways and rivers

If you want to undertake stream clearance at any scale, you will require resource consent. Read more

Sediment traps

Find out about standards for traps, if you need a resource consent and to access an application form. Read more

Willow removal

Willows are a group of introduced tree species that were brought to New Zealand in the early 1800s and widely planted for bank stability. Read more

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