When we assess a resource consent application, we consider whether anyone may be adversely affected by the activities proposed in the application and we make efforts to consult.

Consultation will generally help smooth the processing of a resource consent application. Time spent on consultation, before your application is lodged, can mean avoiding lengthy and costly pre-hearings, hearings and appeals.

Make sure your application includes information about who you consulted with and the outcomes. If you don’t supply this information your application may be returned for more detail.

We recommend you talk to anyone who may be adversely affected by your proposed project or who may have an interest in the environment in general.

If the effects from your activity are limited to your site, then consultation may not be needed.

Who are the affected parties?

An affected party is someone who may experience an adverse effect as a result of your application. Such parties will depend on the nature and type of your activity, but may include:

  • Owners, occupiers and users of adjacent and nearby land.
  • Downstream water users.
  • Users of the same groundwater resource.
  • Tāngata whenua.
  • Department of Conservation.
  • Fish & Game.
  • Occupiers of land living down wind of a proposed discharge to air.