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Extension of time of a resource consent

​When to apply

We recommend applying at least six months before your consent lapses.

To extend the lapsing date of a resource consent, you need to show you have made considerable efforts to fulfil the purpose and conditions of the consent.

If your consent lapses before your extension has been approved, you will need to apply for a new resource consent.

In most cases, for resource consents you have five years from the day the consent is granted to fulfil the purpose and conditions of consent. However, you need to check the conditions on your consent for any specific time frames.

Application fees for extension of time

* Fees are indicative pricing only

Read fee table.
Certificate for completion; certificate of compliance; existing use; outline plan; extension of time$1500

​Before you apply

If you are not an approved credit account customer, provide a completed resource consent declaration form as part of your online application.

Apply for an extension of time on your resource consent

We only accept online applications for an extension of time for a resource consent. If you are unable to apply digitally, visit one of our libraries with council services for assistance in making your online application.


​Apply now


If there is no way to provide digital copies of your plans or documents, visit one of our libraries with council services. Our staff will accept hard copies in person for an additional charge. The charge covers the costs involved in scanning your documents into our digital consent system.

Call us on 09 301 0101 to speak with our building and planning help desk if you have questions regarding your application.

​What happens next

A planner will consider your application and make a decision based on:

  • the amount of progress you have made
  • whether anyone is likely to be affected by the extension of time
  • whether there have been any changes to the Unitary Plan since your consent was granted.

We will process your application within 20 working days.

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