The Freshwater Plan has rules for water takes. If you can meet all the requirements for taking small amounts of water from rivers, springs and groundwater - then a resource consent is not required.
Requirements for non-consented water takes
♦ The take is at a rate of less than 5 litres/second and a maximum of 10 cubic metres per day.
♦ It’s for stock water - where it’s not used for intensive stock grazing, including dairy farming on more than 1 hectare, having more than 9 pigs per hectare, breakfeeding or keeping cattle or deer on irrigated land larger than 1 hectare.
♦ It’s not from a wetland or outstanding waterbody that's listed in the Freshwater Plan
♦ Fish are prevented from entering the water intake – use a fish screen.
♦ Water is not pumped from any spring.
♦ No adverse effects are caused to the waterway.
♦ There's no use of water for irrigation on an area larger than 1 hectare.
Didn't meet the requirements?
If you can't meet these requirements, you need to apply for resource consent.
If you're installing a bore to take water, you’ll need to apply for a bore permit.