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Self Containment Issuing Authority
Phone  027 246 9778

To arrange a self containment  check please select from

North Island or South Island Testing and contact a local

vehicle inspection officer. 


From 01 June 2024 the NZLC self-containment network will offer certification with the new Green warrant for those vehicle owners that require 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

- Our current priority is supporting the rental vehicle market which must transition to the new 'Green' warrants by 7 December. 


NZLC continues 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.


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

- Blue Warrant 4 year certification  
       $ 48.00  - With permanently fixed toilet  - Not recognised for defined 'freedom camping'.
Reissue of lost documentation / warrant card  $20.00 

  - 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

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. 

A $10 discount on your NZLC self-containment fee applies for  
All Points Camping Club financial members. 
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 through your testing officer or direct to NZ Lifestyle Camping, using your vehicle registration number as a                   reference

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. 


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.  

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



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