We work with the community to promote the sustainable management of natural physical resources. As part of this work we manage the environmental impacts of activities through the issuing and monitoring of consents.

The Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA) and Building Act 2004 form the foundation of the majority of our work. The Resource Management Act and Building Act Charges Policy (“Charges Policy”) sets out our charges under these Acts. To carry out our work under the RMA, we process resource consents, monitor and manage consented and other authorised activities and monitor the state of the region’s resources. The costs associated with this work are set under section 36 of the RMA and we pass these costs along to applicants and consent holders as outlined in our Charges Policy This covers everything from consent application fees and other consent monitoring charges. 

What our Charges Policy covers

  • Consent application charges.
  • Discount on administrative charges.
  • Charges for objections.
  • Annual consent charges.
  • Staff and travel charges.
Applicable Legislation: Resource Management Act 1991, Building Act 2004
Effective Date: 1 July 2018

Submissions have closed

Submissions have now closed on the proposed changes to our Resource Management Act Charges Policy. Councillors will consider submissions at deliberations at its Council meeting on 13 June.

Every year we review our Charges Policy. Last year we carried out a more in-depth review to ensure the charges reflect the true cost of carrying out our work under the RMA. This year, the proposed changes are less extensive but do include the second stage of the increase to the data and science charges. This two-stage increase was consulted on last year, and the first stage was implemented in 2018/19. The other main proposals are an inflationary increase of 1.024% to all fixed charges and, in response to consent holder feedback, exempting low-risk on-site effluent treatment systems from the annual administration charge unless an inspection is carried out.

The Statement of Proposal (below) outlines the changes we propose to our charges, along with two supporting information documents which provide more detailed information: the first contains a full list of the RMA charges, including the proposed changes, and the second explains how the classes of charges meet the criteria specified in the RMA.

The charges set will be in the Resource Management Act and Building Charges Policy 2019/20 which will be finalised in June 2019.

Related documents

Come speak to us - 2019




Sunday 24 March 

Waihī Beach Community market

9am - 1pm

Sunday 24 March 

Ōmokoroa Community Church

3pm - 5pm

Wednesday 27 March

Brookfield New World

9am - 12pm

Saturday 30 March

Te Puke New World

10am - 2pm

Saturday 6 April 

Ōhope market

8.30am - 12.30pm

Monday 8 April   

Tauranga Library/Atrium, Tauranga CBD, Willow Street

3pm - 6pm

Thursday 11 April

Ōpōtiki New World

10am - 2pm

Friday 12 April

Tarawera Mall, Kawerau

10am - 1pm

Saturday 13 April

Kuirau Park Market, Rotorua

7am - 1.30pm 

Sunday 14 April   

Gordon Spratt Reserve, Papamoa

8am - Midday

Wednesday 17 April

Welcome Bay Community Centre Expo

11am - 3pm

Have your say events - 2019



  • Monday 29 April, 3pm – 7pm
  • Wednesday 1 May, 3pm – 7pm


Bay of Plenty Regional Council, 87 First Avenue

Tuesday 30 April, 3pm – 7pm


East Bay REAP, 21 Pyne Street 

Thursday 2 May, 3pm – 7pm


Bay of Plenty Regional Council, 1125 Arawa Street