A farm environment plan (FEP) is a tool that can help you recognise on-farm environmental risks and set out a programme to manage those risks. FEPs are unique to a property and reflect the local climate and soils, the type of farming operation, and the goals and aspirations of the land user. The level of complexity of a FEP will largely depend on how much farm system change is under way or being considered.
Your resource consent (land use, water use or effluent discharge consent) describes what information should be present in your FEP.
You may be in the situation where you have multiple consents (e.g. discharge to land, farming land use, water take/use etc) that all contain a requirement to implement an FEP and have an FEP audit. This can be confusing as they may have different requirements for FEP content.
Don’t worry, you don’t need to have multiple FEPs or FEP audits.
If you are not sure that you are ready for audit, then check out the FEP Audits page.
You can also use one of the following Environment Canterbury approved Farm Environment Plans templates.
* indicates that the current version of this template is compliant with the decisions version of Plan Change 5, Schedule 7 Farm Environment Plan content, as at January 2019;
** indicates that the current version for this template addresses the requirements in the consented FEP Schedule for the Irrigation Scheme, as at January 2019
Your Primary Industry Sector Representative or your Irrigation Scheme, Principal Water Supplier or Hurunui Waiau River Regional Plan Collective can help you writing a FEP.See Industry Page See Schemes Page