and Drainlayers Board
There is new legislation in place, and it introduces several new rules and requirements – and associated offences and penalties – for people wishing to freedom camp in a self-contained vehicle in New Zealand.
The regulatory framework gives enforcement powers to a range of authorities, including local authorities (regional councils and territorial authorities), the Department of Conservation, and Land Information New Zealand (together, Enforcement Authorities).
Under the new regulatory framework, Enforcement Officers, who are appointed by Enforcement Authorities will have the ability to search and make entries into the register of self-contained vehicles (Register).
Once Certification Authorities are appointed and start to issue certificates of self-containment (Certificates) under the green warrant system, Enforcement Officers will be able to:
- Search for self-contained vehicles (by registration or VIN / Chassis number) to confirm the vehicle is on the Register
- View vehicle details and check Certificate status
- View Certificates
- Enter information into the Register about a vehicle (relating to freedom camping offences).
- View information entered by other Enforcement Officers about a vehicle.
Capturing the details of enforcement actions means other Enforcement Officers can see previous activity in relation to a vehicle in other districts and take further action as required.
To give Enforcement Officers access to the Register, Enforcement Authorities will need to complete an application form. You’ll need to tell us the name and contact details for both the person responsible for the application and the person responsible for setting up and administering Enforcement Officers or other Enforcement Authority users in the Register.
Once your application is processed, we will share further information about how to set up your appointed Enforcement Officers in the Register and how to use the Register.
You can read more about the Register, and how to apply, by reading the Enforcement Authorities Guidance. You can then download and complete the Enforcement Authority application form , and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.