National Environmental Standards (NES) are regulations that prescribe standards for environmental matters.
National Environmental Standards (NES) are regulations that prescribe standards for environmental matters. The government sets standards where appropriate to ensure a consistent standard for an activity or resource use, these can apply nationally or regionally (currently all NES apply nationally).
They can prescribe technical and non-technical standards, methods or other requirements for land use and subdivision, use of the coastal marine area and beds of lakes and rivers, water take and use, discharges, or noise. Each regional, city or district council must enforce the same standard. In some circumstances where specified in the NES, councils can impose stricter or more lenient standards.
Find out more from the Ministry for the Environment.
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