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Resource consent pre-application guidance
We offer individually tailored pre-application guidance for projects that need a resource consent.
Before you apply for pre-application guidance
Check information online first
You may not need to request pre-application advice because the resource consent information you need is already
on our website.
You can also view the Ministry for the Environment's
online resource consent guide.
For basic resource consent questions, see our Pre-application online resources index for an extensive range of online resources. There is a cost to requesting guidance from us so it is important to check this index before applying.
Planning information advisory helpdesk
For general information and advice on resource consent processes and planning legislation, you can contact us and ask to speak to a Planning Information Advisor.
Planning Information Advisors are available from 8:30am to 12pm.
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Complete the pre-application checklist
Before requesting pre-application guidance, complete our checklist to see if your project is eligible.
If your project is eligible and you wish to request pre-application guidance, you will need to attach this completed document to the online form.
What pre-application guidance includes
Depending on the nature of your project, you may need more than one resource consent approval.
We can advise on the approvals you will need for your project and in what order to approach them.
We provide you with information and guidance to ensure you have a good understanding of what needs to be done, before you submit your application. This could save you time and money later.
We can help you:
- confirm if you need a consent
- understand the consent application process
- understand consent fees and related charges, such as
financial and development contributions fees
- get guidance on the expertise you may need to help with your project
- identify areas to focus on when gathering information to support your application
- get a good understanding of what's needed for a
good quality resource consent application.
- lodge an application that will be processed efficiently and without delay.
advice from a professional can substantially reduce the likelihood of delays during processing.
Due to the technical nature of consents, we encourage you to get professional input into your application from a resource management consultant, planner, architect, engineer, or draughtsperson.
Download our Resource consent pre-application engagement document for more information.
We regard the content of all pre-application meetings as confidential. However, if we receive an Official Information Request (OIA), this information could be released.
This is assessed on a case-by-case basis.
What you need to request pre-application guidance
You will need to provide:
*Unless you are an approved credit account customer.
To ensure you get the maximum benefit from your resource consent 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
- identify which, if any, Auckland Council specialists you want guidance from
- let us know if you want a face to face meeting or a virtual online meeting.
How to request resource consent pre-application guidance online
We only accept online applications for resource consent pre-application guidance.
If there is no way to provide digital copies of your plans or documents, visit one of our
service centres. We can scan in your documents for an
Pre-application guidance fee
You will need to pay a non-refundable base fee when you request resource consent pre-application guidance.
Additional costs will be invoiced where actual costs exceed the initial fee paid.
Read fee table.
|Resource consent pre-application appraisal||$860|
* Fees are indicative only and are subject to change.
What happens next
A regulatory support officer will contact you within
five working days to discuss your request.
It is important that we have a clear understanding of your project so we can make sure the right specialists are involved.
Follow up on your request
If it has been more than five working days since you applied, contact us on
09 301 0101.
More information on pre-application guidance
If you're not sure whether you need pre-application guidance:
|Building consent pre-application guidance||https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/building-and-consents/ask-for-guidance/Pages/pre-application-guidance.aspx||Building consent pre-application guidance||Find out what our building consent pre-application guidance includes, how to request it, and what happens after you do.||aspx||Building and consents|
|Prepare your resource consent application||https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/building-and-consents/resource-consents/prepare-resource-consent-application||Prepare your resource consent application||Find out what you need to do to prepare your resource consent application.||aspx||Resource consents|
|Resource consent process 10-step guide||https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/building-and-consents/resource-consents/Pages/resource-consent-10-step-guide.aspx||Resource consent process 10-step guide||Follow our easy 10-step guide to applying for a resource consent.||aspx||Building and consents|
|Guidelines for online resource consent applications||https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/building-and-consents/resource-consents/prepare-resource-consent-application/Pages/resource-consent-online-application-document-file-naming.aspx||Guidelines for online resource consent applications||Check what the document format and naming standards are for making an online resource consent application.||aspx||Resource consents|
|Consent, licensing and environmental monitoring support for Māori and iwi||https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/about-auckland-council/how-auckland-council-works/kaupapa-maori/Pages/consent-licencing-environmental-monitoring-support-maori-iwi.aspx||Consent, licensing and environmental monitoring support for Māori and iwi||This service provides guidance for iwi and Māori who need support with resource consents, building consents, licensing, and environmental monitoring. ||aspx||Building and consents
Licences and regulations consultation|
|Order a custom resource consent report||https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/buying-property/order-property-report/Pages/order-custom-resource-consent-report.aspx||Order a custom resource consent report||Find out how to order a custom resource consent report written to your specifications.||aspx||Building and consents