On 12 May 2022, new regulations were made by the Government to improve the safety and resilience of Aotearoa New Zealand's dams.
The regulations ensure that classifiable dams are well operated, maintained and regularly monitored. They also ensure that potential impacts of dam incidents and failures are reduced, protecting people, property, and the environment.
On 13 May 2024, the regulations commence which gives dam owners 2 years to prepare for their dam safety responsibilities.
Details of the regulations
Learn about the background to the regulations, what the regulations mean for dam owners, technical practitioners, and regional authorities, and access resources to support dam owners with their new responsibilities.
Background to the regulations
Learn about the background to the regulations, including their purpose and why they have been developed.
Find out when dam owners are required to take certain actions.
Complying with the regulations
Learn about the actions dam owners are required to take.
Roles and responsibilities
Find out about the key groups impacted by the regulations and what their responsibilities are.