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Fees and charges

How much is the resource consent application fee?

There is a deposit fee of $774 (GST inclusive) plus officers processing time at $106/hour. The fees are based on an actual and reasonable basis.

Why have the resource consent application fee charges increased?

A letter was sent to all consent holders earlier this year advising that the fixed fee associated with processing consent applications for existing lake structures would be changing to the general application fee i.e. a deposit fee of $774 (GST inclusive). This fee is in line with all other resource consent applications.

Are there annual fees for Lake Structures?

Lake Structures are now on a 10 year auditing regime and there are currently no annual charges. Charges will occur only when your lake structure is audited (unless there are ongoing compliance issues). This process can however change from year to year as it is subject to an annual submission process.

How are these charges set?

Each year we review our RMA Section 36 Charges Policy as part of the Annual Plan. You can make submissions as part of this process. The Section 36 and Building Act Charges Policy 2016/2017 was adopted by Council in June 2016. 

Printed copies can be requested from our Regulatory Administration Team.

How do the fees work if I have multiple structures?

1 hour for the first structure + base fee (15mins for every additional related structure).

I have just received an invoice with Compliance/Supervision Monitoring charges. Can you please explain these charges?

The staff charge covers the contractors time and office staff time prior and post the site audit.

The Base Charge as per Councils Section 36 charges policy covers the following:-

The base charge is $99 (GST exclusive, rounded up from $98.64) per consent that is subject to annual charges. This charge covers the costs associated with:

  • Maintaining and improving the consent database and associated records.
  • Compiling and monitoring accounts, dealing with general enquiries from consent holders (including surrenders) and general administrative actions.
  • Section 36 policy development and maintenance.

The base charge is not applicable in the following cases in accordance with previous Council policy decisions:

(a) Long term consents for structures, reclamations or diversions in the Coastal Marine Area, rivers and lakes unless an inspection has been carried out and the consent holder charged as per Schedule 1A or 2A.

Please bear in mind that under the current Section 36 Charges Policy lake structures auditing and sub sequential invoicing will only occur every 10 years. This is subject to annual review through a submission process.

Therefore under the current regime unless there are any compliance issues with your lake structure you will not receive another monitoring invoice from BOPRC (Bay of Plenty Regional Council) for 10 years. There will be a fee for your replacement resource consent.