Structures in rivers and lakes

If you want to build a new structure, such as a culvert, weir, dam, ford, or flap gate it is important to consider the new rules and whether you will need to apply for resource consent.

Structures in rivers and lakes

New rules around structures and fish passage came into effect on 3 September 2020.

The new rules do not apply to existing structures that were in the river or connected area at 2 September 2020. This includes any later alterations or extensions of that structure.


Key information

Essential freshwater rules apply to any new structure installed after 2 September 2020.

You must advise the Taranaki Regional Council (the Council) two days before installing a new structure and provide the Council with specific information within 20 days after the installation.

Rules in the Regional Freshwater Plan for Taranaki still apply to the placement of new structures and the maintenance of existing structures.

All reclamation of rivers (including piping or realignment piping or realignment) requires a resource consent, which will only be granted if there is a ‘functional need’ for the reclamation at that location.

To discuss your specific circumstances and which requirements you will need to meet, contact the Council via

TRC Factsheet

Structures in rivers and lakes and reclamation of rivers [PDF, 1.3 MB]