Useful information to guide you before applying for a resource consent.

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Introduction to resource consents

A resource consent is a permit for an activity that might affect the environment, and isn’t classed as a permitted activity under a regional or district plan.

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Do I need a resource consent?

Activities that don’t need a resource consent are classified as permitted activities in one of our regional plans or a national environmental standard.

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A summary of the consent process

A diagram containing further information on the resource consent process. 

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Costs and fees

The consent application process is 100% user-pays. This means you pay for the time spent on your application by staff, plus expenses.

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Top tips

We aim to process every consent application as efficiently as possible. Here are a few things you can do to help us process yours quickly.