This plan applies to air in the whole of the Northland region, excluding the coastal marine area. The plan identifies the significant air quality issues and sets out policies and rules so that these will be managed. Air quality in the coastal marine area is managed through the Regional Coastal Plan for Northland.
Our Regional Air Quality Plan contains rules about different types of activities in the region. Anything not permitted by our plan requires resource consent. A consent allows you to discharge into the air.
The National Environmental Standards for Air Quality are produced by the Ministry for the Environment. Under these standards we monitor air quality in five "airshed" areas around Northland.