Communications Minister Amy Adams & Environment Minister Nick Smith announced the new national environmental standard for telecommunications facilities under the Resource Management Act on Friday.
One part of it takes control of consenting for frequently deployed infrastructure such as small cell units, street cabinets, light pole antennas & cabling out of the domain of local councils from 1 January 2017 if it meets the national standard.
Dr Smith said: “This national standard will save consumers & ratepayers millions of dollars and is part of our broader package of RMA reforms that take a more nationally consistent approach to environmental regulation.”
He said the new standard would make it easier & cheaper to install the infrastructure consumers need to access broadband under the Government’s ultra-fast broadband programme, rural broadband Initiative & 4G network deployment: “It does not change the radio frequency exposure standards. All new telecommunications infrastructure will continue to need to comply with current standards referenced in the national environmental standard, and which are based on international best practice.”
Resource Management (National Environmental Standards for Telecommunication Facilities) Regulations 2016
Examples of telecommunications facilities no longer requiring a resource consent under new NES.pdf (pdf 280.84 KB)
Attribution: Ministerial release.