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The challenges that local government face now and into the future, are complex across multiple sectors: from the built environment, local production, water quality and waste to health and safety, tourism, infrastructure and the environment. When local decisions need to provide consistency and confidence across not only community but districts, regions and the nation, standards help create the building blocks of good policy and process. There are standards that can be integrated through every social, cultural, economic and environmental decision.

There are thousands of New Zealand or international standards that can help, and where there aren’t, we can help you develop solutions for your distinct community needs.

Who benefits from Local government standards?

Councils and authorities – Using standards can demonstrate a commitment to consistency across regions, and transparency to ratepayers. Standards put efficiency, resilience, safety and good practice at the heart of decision-making.

Service providers – Incorporating good-practice test methods and processes, standards can provide competitive edge, help you meet and surpass council requirements and establish trust and confidence.

Communities – When standards are integrated throughout every aspect of community needs residents can feel confident, safer and more content.

'Don’t reinvent the wheel. When interacting with authorities, New Zealanders want consistency and the confidence that comes from standards underpinning decision-making.’ Dr Mick Kearney, National Coastal Safety Manager, Surf Life Saving New Zealand.

Discover more about our work in the sector:

Sponsored standards

Self containment of motor caravans and caravans

Access to NZS 5465:2001 Self-containment of motor caravans and caravans has been sponsored by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), who identified the importance of enabling tourists, local councils, and the public to access a PDF copy of the standard online at no charge.

NZS 5465:2001 Self containment of motor caravans and caravans(external link)

Testing and decontamination of methamphetamine-contaminated properties

Access to NZS 8510:2017 Testing and decontamination of methamphetamine-contaminated properties has been sponsored by agencies who have an interest in making the standard freely accessible. These agencies recognise the importance of enabling industry, landlords, the staff of local councils, and the public to view the standard online at no charge.

NZS 8510:2017 Testing and decontamination of methamphetamine-contaminated properties(external link)

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Represent the sector

You could have a role to play in shaping the future of standards you and your peers use. If you have skills, experience or a unique perspective in your industry you could contribute on a standards development committee – whether for New Zealand, joint Australian/New Zealand or international ISO or IEC standards. Complete an expression of interest here:

Join a standards development committee

Sector brochure

Want to commission a standard, get involved in a committee or learn more about the value of standards to the sector? Download our summary brochure for discussion with your business leaders.

Local government sector brochure [PDF, 377 KB]