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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. It includes Plan Change 1 made operative in March 2011. On-site effluent treatment systems include septic tanks and associated soakage fields and advanced aerobic systems. 

Proposed Plan Change 2 (Maintenance Zones)

Decisions on Proposed Plan Change 2 (Maintenance Zones) are now final and one appeal has been received relating to the Papakainga provisions of the plan for the western Bay of Plenty. This appeal impacts on rules 3. 5, 12, and 14.

The following version of the Operative On-Site Effluent Treatment Regional Plan incorporates the changes made by Proposed Plan Change 2. Provisions which are subject to appeal have been shaded in grey. All other provisions should be now treated as technically operative.

Operative On-Site Effluent Treatment Regional Plan incorporating Proposed Plan Change 2 (Maintenance Zones) Clear Copy Appeals Version (8.0c)

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Operative On-Site Effluent Treatment Regional Plan Incorporating Proposed Plan Change 2
(Maintenance Zones) Clear Copy Appeals Version 8.0c (Text only - Maps listed separately below)
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Schedule 9 - Maps of Rotorua Lakes Catchments

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Schedule 10 - Maintenance Zone Maps

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Schedule 11 - Reticulation Zone Maps

Operating Reticulation Zones

Confirmed Reticulation Zones

Future Reticulation Zones

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 Visit our Proposed Plan Change 2 (Maintenance Zones) page for more information about the Proposed Plan Change.

Operative On-Site Effluent Treatment Regional Plan and Maps

The Plan and maps are available to download:

Schedule 5 Maps - Rotorua Lakes Catchments

Schedule 6 Maps - Maintenance Zone and Sewerage Reticulation Maps

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

Other Information