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How to prepare a good quality resource consent application

Me pēhea te whakarite tono whakaaetanga ā-rawa pai

Help us process your application as quickly as possible

A good quality application starts with a good quality proposal, one that includes all relevant information and documentation required for us to process your consent smoothly. This will help to reduce confusion, delay and cost, as we do not accept applications which have missing information.

We recommend you engage a professional (architect or consultant) to prepare your application, as the requirements are technical.

Starting with a good quality proposal

Your proposal is more likely to be approved if you work within council guidelines for development.

Get guidance on achieving a good quality outcome for your project:

What’s in a good quality application

A good quality application includes all the information required for all consents and approvals for your project. A resource consent is required when you do not comply with a rule in:

  • the Unitary Plan
  • other relevant legislation such as a National Environmental Standard
  • a legacy district Plan that still has legal effect.

It is important that your application accurately identifies all of the reasons that your project will need resource consent.

See the Unitary Plan (Chapter H Zones) for the rules in your zone, however, if your property is subject to any Overlays, Precincts or other features such as flooding or instability, there will be other rules that apply to your site. You will need to demonstrate that you comply with these or state that you are applying for consent.

Your consent application must include an Assessment of Environmental Effects (AEE). An AEE is a written statement identifying the effects of your proposed activity on the environment, and information on how you intend to negate or modify these effects.

Your application will usually be processed faster if you have approached neighbours for their written approval.

If you are applying for a resource consent online, follow the Guidelines for resource consent online applications.

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