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Resource Consents

The Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA) introduced a new system for managing the environment including a new system of consents which replaced the previous system of permits, licences and water rights.

The purpose of the RMA is to promote the sustainable management of natural and physical resources. Resource consents help to ensure that our natural and physical resources are allocated and used efficiently and sustainably.

You will need to apply for a consent if you want to carry out an activity that does not comply with the permitted activity rules in the Bay of Plenty Regional Council plans. Read through our various plans, specifically the sections on rules. If you would like help identifying whether you need a consent, please contact us on 0800 884 880.

See what activities require a consent.

Resource Consent quick links

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If you have any further questions please contact us on our details below.

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