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Resource consent conditions and monitoring

An Environmental Monitoring Officer (EMO) will monitor your resource consent and make sure you are complying with the conditions and any other relevant regulations.

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Resource consent conditions

If we grant your consent, there will be conditions you need to comply with. We will monitor your site to make sure you comply with those conditions.

To comply with resource consent conditions you may need to:

  • notify us when works start
  • get signed approval from our staff if an aspect of your consent requires it
  • check your resource consent conditions for any limits on what you can do.

All of this information is detailed in your consent conditions.

What we monitor

We monitor:

What we do not monitor

We do not monitor building consents, engineering approval or subdivision consents.

Monitoring conditions

The monitoring of your resource consent conditions may involve:

  • supplying records or reports to demonstrate compliance with the conditions (for example, a construction management plan)
  • routine inspections by our EMOs
  • bulk earthworks inspections by consultants appointed by us.

Frequency of site inspections

We monitor high and medium risk sites and activities more frequently. We also monitor sites more if there is a history of non-compliance.

Consent fees

We charge fees for resource consent monitoring at an hourly rate. The fees vary according to the different skills and technical knowledge required from our staff.

An initial deposit is paid based on risk prior to the resource consent being granted. Monitoring costs can exceed this deposit, depending on the complexity and compliance history of the site.

For detailed information, see our brochure on monitoring fees and charges.

Consent breaches

If you do not meet the conditions of a resource consent our first approach is to work with you to find a solution on how to rectify any breaches.

We may also take a variety of steps, including issuing:

  • a formal warning
  • an abatement notice (an official notice requiring you to follow a specific course of action)
  • an environmental infringement notice
  • an enforcement order (court-backed order demanding compliance).

Severe breaches of the conditions of a resource consent can result in prosecution and a fine imposed by the courts.

When you have finished your project

If you have finished the works associated with your resource consent check all conditions have been met and let your EMO know.

Once the EMO is satisfied your works are compliant with the resource consent conditions they will close the consent. You will then receive a Letter of Completion and any final invoices.

See Information on completing a resource consented project for more information.

More information

If you have any questions you can:

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