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 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 must apply for a resource consent if you wish to do something that is not permitted by district or regional plans. 

If you wish to use significant amounts of water you may need to apply for a resource consent

The consent process

Find out what activities need a resource consent, what it will cost to get one and what happens when...

Consent application and maps

Find out what application form you need to apply for a resource consent for your activity, access gu...

Assessing effects

Find out how to carry out an assessment of cultural effects in preparation for a resource consent ap...

Consultation

Consultation will generally help smooth the processing of a resource consent application. Time spent...

Engaging with tāngata whenua

Find out how to carry out an assessment of cultural effects in preparation for a resource consent ap...

Notifications

Read about resource consents applications that are currently and have been recently notified.

Submissions, hearings and decisions

A submission is a written statement of support or opposition to an advertised consent application. T...

Consents issued

We have an obligation to monitor resource consents which have an effect on the environment and take ...

Consent and compliance

We work with the community to promote the sustainable management of natural physical resources.