Due to a high volume of consent applications, we are currently unable to provide pre-application advice. If you plan to lodge your consent application before 30 November 2019, we will do our best to accommodate requests for pre-application advice meetings for these applications. Please complete this form, making a note of your planned application date. If you plan to lodge your consent application after 30 November 2019, we will be in contact when we have the capacity to undertake scheduled meetings. For comprehensive information on the consent process, please continue reading the Consent pages on our website.
Resource consents allow people or organisations to do something that may have an effect on our environment.
Under the Resource Management Act 1991(external link) you must apply for a resource consent if you wish to do something that is not permitted by district or regional plans.
At Environment Canterbury, we want your experience to run as smoothly as possible so we strongly suggest you speak to us early in the proceedings and use our advisory service to help you.
It is a user-pays system but we offer a free hour at the outset to make the process more cost-effective in the long run.
Understanding resource consents
Take time to prepare your application thoroughly and accurately because it is then more likely to be processed quickly and will cost less in the long run.
The consent process
We can guide you through the application process.
After my consent has been issued
It is everyone's responsibility to comply with the relevant rules and requirements.
- View the Resource Management Act 1991
- Read RMA guidelines from the Ministry for the Environment
- The National Environmental Standards for Plantation Forestry came into effect on the 1st May. Visit the Ministry for Environment website for regulations that need to be complied with.