At this stage, we expect the Bill will become law later this year (2023) after the Committee of the Whole House debate and Third Reading (see here).

If the Bill passes into law without change, only vehicles with permanently fixed toilets can be certified (or recertified) as self-contained under the two-year transitional provisions.

During the transitional provisions, the vehicle-based camping industry will gradually begin moving over to a new regulatory system with modified conditions for vehicle certification. We are waiting on MBIE to release the final regulations before we can advise members on the exact new certification requirements.

The Bill includes a two-year transitional provision after the new rules come into effect. For a brief period of time, vehicles will either be lawfully certified under NZ Standard 5465:2001 or the Government’s new regulations. Vehicles with portable toilets that are certified self-contained before the Bill passes into law will remain certified until their self-containment certificates expire or the transitional provisions come to an end (whichever comes first).

Please visit MBIE’s website for further updates on the timeframes and a breakdown of the Bill’s transitional provisions.