Sometimes written approval from affected neighbours and other parties is needed for an application to be processed on a non-notified basis. In this case the Council will identify the properties affected.

Written approvals should be obtained with the P-003 Notice of Written Approval by a person affected by an application  for Resource Consents form which is on the Forms and Checksheets(external link) webpage. 

When requesting written approvals, please note that:

  • Approvals are generally required from both owners and occupiers of affected properties, and, where there are joint owners, both owners’ signatures are required
  • Both the written approval form and a copy of the application (including plans) must be signed
  • Written approvals must be unconditional. Any agreement between yourself and the person giving written approval is a separate matter and cannot be considered by the Council as part of the resource consent process.

If you are a neighbour considering whether to give written approval to an application, you need to be aware that if you give your approval the Council will be unable to take account of any adverse (negative) effects the proposal may have on you or your property when it makes a decision on whether to grant or refuse the application.

The final decision on who is affected by an application is made by senior Council officers with authority to make a decision. The extent of affected persons depends very much on the type of building or activity proposed. Every application has to be considered independently as the circumstances of each application are unique.

Refer to the Neighbour's written approval information sheet [PDF, 41 KB] for more information for both applicants and neighbours. 

If you have any questions about either obtaining or providing written approval you can contact the Council’s Duty Planner. Please include your phone number if you would like the Duty Planner to call you.