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On-Site Effluent Treatment Regional Plan

The On-Site Effluent Treatment Regional Plan 2006 deals with the effects of domestic wastewater on water quality in the Bay of Plenty. On-site effluent treatment systems include septic tanks and associated soakage fields and advanced aerobic systems. 

Plan Change 2 (Maintenance Zones) - Operative from 12 August 2014

Plan Change 2 (Maintenance Zones) will become operative on 12 August 2014.

Proposed Plan Change 2 (Maintenance Zones) was formally notified for public submissions on 27 November 2012.

31 submissions and eight further submissions were received. The Hearing Committee appointed by Bay of Plenty Regional Council heard all submissions on 13 and 14 June 2013 and presented their recommendations to Regional Council on 21 August 2013. Council subsequently made its decisions at its meeting on 21 August 2013 and these decisions were formally notified on 10 September 2013.

One appeal was received relating to the Papakāinga housing provisions of the plan for the Western Bay of Plenty District and Tauranga City. This appeal was resolved by Consent Order on 4 June 2014 and introduced three new rules (rules 24, 25 and 26) specific to Papakāinga on Multiple Owned-Māori Land.

The following documents are available to download:

Documents Size
Consent Order 4 June 2014 1.26MB, pdf
Newsletter No. 7 - December 2013 263KB, pdf
Council Decisions on Provisions with Submissions and Further Submissions 680KB, pdf
Newsletter to Rotorua property owners (November 2012) 240KB, pdf
Frequently asked questions (FAQ) sheet (November 2012) 186KB, pdf
Frequently asked questions (FAQ sheet (September 2012) 104KB, pdf
Schedule of Minor Amendments 63KB, pdf

Operative On-Site Effluent Treatment Regional Plan and Maps

The Plan and maps are available to download:

Maps Size

Schedule 9 - Maps of Rotorua Lakes Catchments

114KB, pdf
98KB, pdf
105KB, pdf
102KB, pdf
107KB, pdf
95KB, pdf
98KB, pdf

Schedule 10 - Maintenance Zone Maps

75KB, pdf
80KB, pdf
150KB, pdf
233KB, pdf
110KB, pdf
106KB, pdf
130KB, pdf
132KB, pdf
90KB, pdf

Schedule 11 - Reticulation Zone Maps

Operating Reticulation Zones

Confirmed Reticulation Zones

Future Reticulation Zones

146KB, pdf
145KB, pdf
132KB, pdf
120KB, pdf
158KB, pdf
122KB, pdf
107KB, pdf
170KB, pdf
137KB, pdf
73KB, pdf

132KB, pdf

75KB, pdf
165KB, pdf
132KB, pdf
112KB, pdf
135KB, pdf
154KB, pdf
78KB, pdf
128KB, pdf

For a printed copy of the Plan ($28) contact us.

Monitoring updates


Contact Bay of Plenty Regional Council:

  • for copies of the documents or maps
  • for information on septic tank maintenance, nutrient management and reduction options
  • for information on the proposed plan change process and provisions

Phone or email:

Esta Farquhar (Planner) ph: 0800 884 881 ext 8326 or Terry Long (Senior Project Implementation Officer)  ph: 0800 884 881ext 8215

Contact your district or city council for information on reticulated sewerage schemes:

  • Rotorua District Council (phone 07 348 4199)
  • Western Bay of Plenty District Council (phone 07 571 8008)
  • Whakatane District Council (phone 07 306 0500)
  • Opotiki District Council (phone 07 315 3030

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