Watercourse advice request

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A river is defined as ‘a continually or intermittently flowing body of fresh water; and includes a stream and modified watercourse; but does not include an artificial watercourse’.

Activities such as an excavation on a river/stream bed, must be authorised by a resource consent.

Excavation in an artificial watercourse, such as a farm drain, does not need a resource consent.

So, if you are proposing to work in a small watercourse it is very important to know if it is a ‘stream’ or not, and this is sometimes difficult to determine.

Please complete and submit the form below and our team will be in touch with you to advise if your watercourse is a ‘stream’ or not and to discuss any regulations that may apply to your proposed work.

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