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Bores — Application for resource consent

A resource consent may be required to drill a bore.

What you need to include in your application for a bore resource consent

  • The location of your drill site and total property area.
  • A map reference in New Zealand Transverse Mercator (NZTM) format.
  • A locality plan or aerial photo at 1.500 scale.
  • Details of the agent, consultant or drilling contractor.
  • Details about how the water will be used.
  • Estimated quantities of water to be taken (maximum daily quantity cubic metres per day and annual quantity cubic metres per year).
  • The number of proposed bores (with separate sheets if there are multiple bores showing the site locations and map references).
  • A site plan including the location of:
    • the proposed bore or well
    • all bores within 200m of the drilling site
    • where the water is to be used
    • existing and proposed underground services, including public drains in close proximity to bore site
    • land use within 50m of drilling site
    • road frontage and names
    • septic tanks, offal pits, potential contaminated sites or waste disposal areas within 150m of the proposed bore or well.
  • The proposed construction details including:
    • bore diameter (casing diameter)
    • bore depth
    • casing depth
    • casing materials
    • depth to top of screen
    • depth to bottom of screen
    • screen materials
    • proposed grouting length.
  • The predominant geology (aquifer) into which the bore will be screened.
  • Information on alternative water sources available (if applicable).
  • Any information if the proposed bore is in:
    • an area known to have flowing or artesian characteristics
    • reasonable proximity of archaeological or cultural features, aspects of significance to Māori or tangata whenua, natural heritage features, geological features, or features with significant natural heritage or conservation values
    • a wetlands management area (as identified in schedule one of the Auckland Council Regional Plan: Air, Land and Water).

How to apply for a bore resource consent

 By post

​Send the completed application form for a bore resource consent to:

Auckland Council
Private Bag 92300
Auckland 1142

 In person

​Bring the completed application form for a bore resource consent to any one of our service centres.