Change to the Auckland Unitary Plan
We are currently working to propose a change to the Auckland Unitary Plan that will make it easier for Aucklanders to install a rainwater tank without a resource consent.
Due to changing weather patterns, increasing dry periods and additional stress being put on the water network, we’re looking for ways to encourage Aucklanders to store water and create more water-resilient communities.
Rainwater tanks can be used to collect water from the rooftop to use around the property for external uses (watering garden, washing cars), and with the correct plumbing and filters for indoor use (toilet flushing, laundry, drinking water).
What the changes mean for you
Under the current guidelines, the rules for having a rainwater tank are very restrictive. Any tank which is over one-metre high is defined as a “building” and must follow “development standard” rules, which if infringed, require a resource consent.
The proposed change will reclassify rainwater tanks so they are no longer defined as a “building” and in most cases will no longer require a resource consent.