As well as an application form there are a number of other documents and considerations before you submit your resource consent application.

A complete resource consent application must include:

  • a completed and signed application form
  • a current copy of the Certificate of Title (or we can obtain one for you)
  • plans and other details of the site and proposal
  • a list of the ways in which the proposal does not comply with the City/District Plan
  • an Assessment of Effects on the Environment
  • other supporting documents relevant to your particular proposal, for example, written approval from affected neighbours
  • an assessment of how your proposal fits with the objectives and policies in the City/District Plan and the purpose of the Resource Management Act (Note: this is usually not needed for straightforward applications)
  • the required fee/deposit (payable after an invoice has been issued).

Subdivision consent applications must also include a plan showing:

  • the position of all new boundaries and the areas of allotments
  • existing and new reserves and access strips
  • areas to be set aside as new roads
  • areas of land within rivers, lakes and the coastal marine area

The amount of information that needs to be provided depends on the complexity of the application. It must be sufficient for the Council to understand the effects of the proposal and decide whether consent should be granted.

The information requirements for resource consent applications are set out in detail in Section 88 (external link) and Schedule 4 (external link) of the Resource Management Act.

More guidance on information requirements of different types of applications:

Our website also contains information about specific types of proposals, which you may find helpful.

Please note: Detailed guidance is available on information requirements for land repair works.

Before preparing your application, we recommend that you come and talk to us at a pre-application meeting about what you want to do, and we can advise you on the information you will need to provide for your application. Otherwise the Council may return your application due to insufficient information being provided.

Resource consent applications can be complex so you may wish to consider engaging an experienced professional (e.g. architect, planning consultant) to prepare and submit the application on your behalf.