Resource consents help sustainably manage and protect our natural environment and resources.
The purpose of a resource consent is to put controls around activities that may have an effect on the environment. Consent must meet the requirements of the Resource Management Act 1991, National Policy Statements, Environmental Standards and Regulations and also make sure the rules and policies in our regional planning documents are being followed.
As part of this work we provide advice and information to resource users and participate in consent decision appeals and objections to provide a regional perspective on acceptable environmental outcomes.
You need to apply for a resource consent if you wish to do something that is not permitted by district or regional plans or wish to use significant amounts of water. Read more about the consenting rules on water take.