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

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.