The purpose of the water plan is to promote the sustainable management of Otago's water resources. To achieve this, the plan has policies, objectives and methods (including rules) to address issues of use, development and protection of Otago's freshwater resources, including the beds and margins of water bodies.

If you're thinking of carrying out an activity involving freshwater or a land use activity that may affect water in Otago, you should read the rules in the water plan to see if:

  • you can carry it out as a permitted activity
  • you require a resource consent to carry it out, or
  • you cannot carry it out because it's a prohibited activity

Read the Regional Plan: Water