RMA proposals

Proposals of national significance require thorough consideration. We receive the application, support the inquiry process and announce the Board's decision.

About Resource Management

Big infrastructure plans or public works, such as major new roads and wind farms, are examples of projects that may be nationally significant proposals.

What is national significance?

The Minister for the Environment may direct a matter to a board of inquiry or the Environment Court if it's, or is part of, a proposal of national significance.


The EPA was established through the Resource Management Act (Simplifying and Streamlining) Amendment Bill 2009.

Boards of inquiry

If a matter is referred to a board of inquiry, the Minister for the Environment will appoint an independent board to consider it.

Plan change process

Find out how the process for a plan change request works.

How we work with councils

Councils play an important role in the nationally significant proposal process.

Resource management guides

These infosheets explain the resource management process. They tell you how to make an application and how to have your say.

Making an application

Find out what you need to do to make an application under the Resource Management Act.