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Request pre-application guidance

We offer individually tailored pre-application guidance for projects that need a resource consent, a building consent, or both.

You should know

A large amount of recent resource consent applications means we currently have limited staff available for pre-application guidance meetings. Once requested, it could be up to three weeks, or possibly more, before we can confirm a meeting time with you.
 
The resource consent information you need may already be on our website, or you can view the Ministry for the Environment's online resource consent guide. You can also engage a professional to help with your consent application or project.
 
We apologise for any inconvenience and aim to resume our normal service as soon as we can.

What you need to request pre-application guidance

As well as the completed request for pre-application guidance form, provide any:

  • conceptual plans
  • drawings
  • photos
  • draft assessments of environmental effects
  • other relevant information you have.

To ensure you get the maximum benefit from your pre-application guidance, and so we can prepare appropriately, it is important that you:

  • let us know, in advance, about the topics or issues you would like to discuss
  • provide us with as much detailed information as possible, even if your ideas are only conceptual.

Depending on information you give us, we may ask for input from other specialists, relevant to the project (urban designers or traffic engineers).

How to request pre-application guidance

 Online

Request guidance

 

 We only accept online applications for pre-application guidance. If you are unable to apply digitally, visit one of our service centres for assistance in making your online application.

​What happens next

A planner or building processor will contact you to discuss your request and set a meeting time. Due to the current workload on our consenting team, this may not be for up to three weeks (or possibly more) after the initial pre-application guidance request. 

It's important that we have a clear understanding of your project, so we can involve the right specialists.

We will co-ordinate the input from the various specialists and send you the required guidance in writing.

If you feel there are issues that require further discussion in person, we can arrange to meet with you.

Follow up on your request

If it has been more than five working days since you applied, contact us on 09 301 0101.

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