Local government regulation

Draft Report - Towards Better Local Regulation

The Draft Report examined the relationship between local and central government, who initiates regulations and how the costs and benefits of regulation are distributed. It included a stocktake to identify which regulatory functions are carried out on the direction of central government and which are carried out independently by local government.

The topics addressed in submissions on the Inquiry Issues Paper were addressed in the Draft Report, along with analysis completed by the Productivity Commission.

The Commission undertook two surveys, one of local governments in New Zealand and the other of 1,500 New Zealand businesses from a cross-section of industries. Results from the surveys were used to help inform the draft report, along with analysis of Statistics New Zealand data.

The Draft Report was released in December 2012 and was open for submissions until March 2013. The topics addressed in submissions on the Draft Report were addressed in the Final Report.