The Regional Air Plan provides for the control of discharges of contaminants into air for the whole of the Bay of Plenty region, including the coastal marine area. This includes all the land of the region and all the coastal water to the outer limits of the territorial sea, for example 12 nautical miles.

The purpose of the plan is to achieve sustainable management of air quality in the Bay of Plenty. Contaminants in the air can affect our health, ecosystems, can damage property, and impinge on the sustainability of air as a natural resource.

The plan specifically addresses discharges into the air.  These include agrichemicals, odour, geothermal gases and steam, industrial discharges, spray irrigation of liquid waste as well as global issues like greenhouse gases and ozone depleting substances.

Please note hard copies of the plan are no longer available for purchase but it is available to view at Council offices, all public libraries throughout the Bay of Plenty and service centres of Bay of Plenty's city and district councils. 

Plan Change 13 (Air Quality) to the Regional Natural Resources Plan

To streamline the plans related to natural resource management, a number of regional plans, including the Regional Air Plan are being incorporated into one Regional Natural Resources Plan (RNRP).

The new Regional Air Plan will be incorporated into RNRP as Plan Change 13 (Air Quality).

Note that the current Regional Air Plan remains in effect until Plan Change 13 becomes operative.

Read more about updates on Plan Change 13.