What a resource consent is
A resource consent is written approval from us to carry out a project that has an impact on the environment, or could affect other people.
A resource consent may come with conditions that help mange the effects of your project.
For example, if you remove trees or vegetation to build your house, you may have a resource consent condition that requires you to plant some native trees after building is finished.
When you need to apply for a resource consent
Examples of situations where you may need to apply for a resource consent are:
- building a house
- developing or subdividing land
- retail, commercial or industrial activities
- taking or damming of water
- discharging contaminants into water, soil or air
- using or occupying coastal space.
What a building consent is
A building consent is written approval from us to carry out specific building work on a specific site, which must comply with current regulations.
Building work that is considered low risk may not need consent under the Building Act. See the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) website for information on building work that does not require a building consent.