What is Certified Self-Containment?

Certified self-containment is maintaining and certifying your motor caravan or caravan in accordance with the New Zealand Standard for Self-Containment of Motor Caravans and Caravans, NZS 5465:2001 (PDF download at the bottom of the page).

The NZMCA encourages all motor caravan or caravan owners (including 5th Wheelers, caravans, campervans, motorhomes, RVs & buses), to certify their vehicles in accordance with NZS 5465, helping protect the environment and public health from indiscriminate waste disposal.

A certified self-contained vehicle meets the ablutionary and sanitary needs of the occupants for a minimum of three days, without requiring any external services or discharging waste.

Wastewater is then safely disposed of in approved dump stations, which can be found in most camping-grounds and public areas. 

Click here to find a dump station on the NZMCA’s public online travel directory

Please avoid the use of non-biodegradable chemicals as they will adversely affect the operation of sewerage networks including biological systems.

Click here to check out other more frequently asked questions about Certified Self-Containment

Important Notices

The New Zealand Motor Caravan Association Inc (NZMCA) inspects and certifies motor caravans and caravans that belong to current financial members and preferred commercial partners only. 


Temporary stay on the certification of people movers and similar small car conversions under the Self Containment Standard – NZS 5465:2001


A self-containment certificate, displayed warrant card, and blue responsible camper sticker demonstrate compliance with the minimum requirements of the Standard. 

Under the Standard, it is a requirement for a vehicle to display the warrant card and provide the certificate on request, in order to remain certified.

Displaying the blue responsible camper sticker does not verify certification