Once we receive your resource consent application, this is the process we use to assess it:
Check for completeness
We check you’ve given us all necessary information in your application
If necessary details or your deposit aren’t included we’ll send it back to you, which delays the processing of your application
If it’s complete, you’ll receive a reference number, usually within ten working days
Assessing your application
Our planners will assess your application within 20 working days and keep you updated on its progress
For non-notified applications, if we take longer than 20 working days to assess your application you are entitled to a discount under the RMA
We’ll get input from specialists as needed and ask for more information if required – this is called a ‘section 92’ request, and delays the processing of your application until the information is received
The planner will visit the site as part of the assessment, t
In complicated cases, planners may need to commission a report on some aspect of your application. You’ll be notified, and you may agree or refuse to have the report done. If you refuse, we will still continue assessing your application.
Our planner will prepare a report on whether anyone is affected and if the public should be notified and given the chance to submit their feedback
The planner's report will also recommend whether or not the application should be approved
See Notifications and hearings for more about the approval process, or Conditions, appeals and objections for information on monitoring approved resource consents, and what you can do if your application is denied.
Resource consent help
You can request a pre-application meeting with a council planner for a complex project or to discuss options when preparing your application for a resource consent by calling 0800 WAIPADC (924 723) or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can seek help to complete your application from a professional such as resource management consultants, surveyors, engineers, landscape architects, arborists, archaeologists, heritage specialists or a lawyer.
To find professional advice in your area, try:
Envirolink - for local environmental specialists
NZ Institute of Surveyors
NZ Planning Institute
NZ Institute of Landscape Architects
The Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand
The Association of Consulting Engineers New Zealand
NZ Law Society
Yellow Pages - search under resource management consultants or surveyors.
It may also be important to get advice from tangata whenua (local iwi or hapū authorities).