Resource consent process

When a resource consent is needed

A resource consent is a formal approval needed when a building or activity does not meet the rules in the city or district plans, or where that plan states that resource consent is required for a particular activity.

Notified or non-notified

There are three ways in which resource consent applications can be processed – publicly notified, limited notified or non-notified.

Written approval from affected parties

Sometimes written approval from affected neighbours and other parties is needed for an application to be processed on a non-notified basis.

Resource consent hearings

A hearing is a formal meeting to consider notified resource consent applications where submissions have been received.

Publicly notified applications

You can make a submission on any publicly notified resource consent application.

Exemption for permitted boundary activities

An exemption process for proposals only infringing District Plan boundary rules and where written approval is obtained from the neighbouring owners.