Resource consents are permits issued by Auckland Council for activities that affect the environment. The council is required by the Resource Management Act to make sure that environmental effects are managed well.
Every day, people apply for resource consents for activities such as subdividing their property, building a new house, discharging wastewater or stormwater, moving earth or releasing discharges into the air.
There are different regulations for these activities based on the area where you live, under the district plan for that area. A new Unitary Plan is currently being developed for Auckland Council to provide consistent regulations across the whole region. Until that is adopted, the existing district and regional plans will remain in effect; however some of the proposed rules take effect now. See our Rules that apply now page for more information.
For information on engineering approvals, visit our Development Engineering page.