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Self Containment Issuing Authority
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Phone  027 246 9778

To arrange a self containment  check please select from North Island or South Island Testing and contact a local testing officer.

For more information on paying the $48.00 processing and issue fee (or $73.00 including camping club membership) please scroll down the page. 

From 01 June 2024 the NZLC self-containment network will offer certification
with the new Green warrant for those vehicle owners that specifically request it 
as well as the recognised blue self containment warrants. 
What's the story with the new Green warrant' Self-containment vehicles system?

The Plumbers Gasfitters and Drainlayers Board is the regulator for the new 'green warrant' self-containment scheme.

New Zealand’s new self-contained vehicles (SCV) system began on 7 December 2023.

This only applies to vehicles that are used for 'freedom camping' as defined under the freedom camping act.

The requirements a vehicle must meet to be certified as self-contained under the new ‘green warrant’ system are set out in the:

  • Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Act 2006, and

  • Plumbers, Gasfitters, and Drainlayers (Self-Contained Vehicles) Regulations 2023


- Due some inconsistencies in the new regulations, in particular with cassette toilet venting we recommend not moving to the new 'green warrant' scheme at this time until the errors are fixed by government.

NZLC will continue to offer self-containment through the current NZ Standard, NZS 5465:2001 which provides evidence of the vehicle self-containment, is recognised by commercial and private host properties and is valid for 4 years

It is intended that from 01 June 2024 the NZLC self-containment network will offer certification with the new Green warrant for those vehicle owners that specifically request it.

New pricing for NZLC Processing and issue fees. ( Your testing officer fee for the testing time will be additional to this)

From 1 April 2024 - Blue Warrant 4 year certification  
       $ 48.00  - With permanently fixed toilet - Valid for legislated freedom camping to 6 June 2025
                     - With portable toilet - not recognised for legislated freedom camping.
Reissue of lost documentation / warrant card  $20.00 

From 1 June 2024  - Green Warrant - May require vehicle modifications in most cases (including externally vented toilet waste) Recognised for legislated freedom camping
       $ 63.00    -  NZLC Processing and issue fee  
  +  $120.00    - PGDB Levy

                           A $10 fee discount for  All Points Camping Club Members applies.

NZ Lifestyle Camping is committed to supporting the NZ Recreational camping industry in partnership with NZ's national camping club   
All Points Camping Club of NZ 
You can join NZ's national camping club for only $35.00. 

Understanding the Changes to the Freedom Camping ACT

The following table and information has been added for your reference.

Portable toilets:
  • If your vehicle is fitted with a portable toilet you can still get a limited self containment certificate to stay on private or commercial land, and at events etc. This does not allow to stay on some local authority Freedom Camping areas. Please refer to the table below.
  • New infringement fees and fines are enforceable from 13 July 2023. Read more here.
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The self-containment vehicle certification changes only apply to the Freedom Camping Act and vehicles camping 'FREE' on Local Authority Controlled land, LINZ land and some Department of Conservation Properties. The certification changes do not apply to private or commercial land, NZTA land not controlled by councils, park over properties, and private or public events or ANY paid camping.

  • If your vehicle has a portable toilet you may still get a self-containment certificate for staying on land or properties not covered by the Freedom Camping Act. This is your choice. If this is required by you please contact one of the NZLC testing officers (visit NZLC website - link above) or NZMCA

  • If you receive a new 'limited' self-containment certificate with a portable toilet the new law states you cannot stay on council controlled, LINZ or DOC land unless the area is designated for non self-contained vehicles including the permanent toilet requirement.


Please note that we are unaware of any councils enforcing the new law at this time.


Gary Stoneley, Director, NZ lifestyle NZ Lifestyle Camping

Still unsure - Contact the experts at the MBIE Responsible Camping Team or your local council office.

How to get your self containment certificate issued through
NZ Lifestyle Camping.

Step 1) Find your nearest self containment testing officer by by clicking on the
North Island and South Island tabs
at the top of this page.

Step 2) Make a booking and get your vehicle certified for self containment . 

              The self containment testing officer will usually charge for their time.

Step 3) Send a scanned or quality image copy of the completed checksheet to by email 

              or attach to your discounted All Points Camping Club membership form 

Step 4) Make payment as detailed  below

(once the checksheet and payment is received it can take 2 to 7 days for delivery with rural mail sometimes taking longer) 

How to Pay your CSC processing fee

The standard fee for processing and issue of self containment documentation is $48.00. 

This is discounted by $10.00

for All Points Camping Club Members.

1) If paying by bank transfer the NZ LC bank account for payment is:  BNZ 02-0628-0084975-00   

(Enter vehicle Rego no as reference)

2) Pay $48.00 by paypal 
3) Pay $73.00 including All Points Camping Club
     membership with national savings.
4) Pay on the All Points Camping Shop page with Stripe, plus directly purchase club membership and products.

Note: Having a Certified Self Contained Vehicle does not make you a responsible camper, but it can make it easier.


Many local and regional authorities now expect many motorhomes, caravans and campervans to be certified as self contained in order to stay at reserves and designated freedom camping areas. 


Your vehicle must have been suitably and correctly set up for self containment and meet the requirement of the NZ Standard.

NZS5465:2001 incl. amendment 2.

In general the vehicle must be fit for habitation. 

It must be able to meet the fresh water, waste and ablutionary needs of the occupants for a minimum period of three  (3) days. 

The waste system must be suitably sealed.

The toilet must be able to be used in the vehicle when required having  sufficient head and shoulder room (with the beds made up).  

NZ Lifestyle Camping in conjunction with and our team of suitably qualified testing officers can help you with this. 



email:   Ph. / text 0272469778
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