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Resource consent process 10-step guide

Follow our easy 10-step guide to applying for a resource consent.

​Step 1 – Prepare your resource consent application

You must first prepare your resource consent application, including all required information, documentation and lodgement deposit fee.

If you need help, we offer:  

Step 2 – Community engagement

You may wish to talk to neighbours or people in your community who may be affected by your project, including Mana Whenua. You may need written approval from those affected by your project.

Step 3 – Apply for a resource consent

Your resource consent application is formally made with us. If you are having trouble at any point in the consent process, call our helpdesk on 09 301 0101.

If your application is incomplete, we will return it to you with a letter explaining what is missing. This is called a Section 88 check.

Step 4 – Possible development contributions

If your project is a residential development, or involves creating retail or commercial space, then development contributions may apply. An information sheet will be sent to the applicant outlining the charges that could apply.

Step 5 – Processing your application

We will assess the effects and scale of your proposed development over a period of 20 working days.

If your application is incomplete in some way, we will request further information from you. This is called a Section 92 request. The assessment period will halt while we wait for your response.

If we need more time to assess your application, we will contact you to discuss what is called a Section 37 time extension. In some cases, we will be able to extend time frames without your consent.

Step 6 – Notified or non-notified

Your consent will either be notified (other people can have their say on your project) or non-notified.

The processing time frame is longer and the costs higher for notified consents. If your project is likely to have more than minor adverse effects on the environment, we will notify the public generally (public notification).

If your project will have minor or more than minor adverse effects on people, we will only notify those directly affected (limited notification).

Step 7 – The outcome of your application

We let you know our decision on your application and send an invoice for any outstanding fees and charges.

A resource consent approval will list the conditions and any relevant advice notes you need to adhere to for your consent to remain valid, and to avoid a fine.

If your application is refused, there may be an appeal and objection process you can follow.

Step 8 – Starting work

Notify us of your intention to start work.

Step 9 – Ongoing site monitoring

We will carry out routine monitoring visits once your work has started.

You don't need to book inspections or a pre-start meeting for your resource consent unless it's specified in the conditions. There are conditions you need to comply with for every resource consent.

Step 10 – Comply with conditions

Once you have complied with all conditions of your consent, we will confirm to you in writing that your consent is complete.

Some consents have conditions that need to be complied with on an ongoing basis and annual charges may apply for some consents (such as regional consents, like a water permit).

Help to complete an online application

For those having trouble completing an online resource consent application, consult our downloadable customer guide.

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