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. Please note, if you'd like to have a pre-application meeting it will have to be after 11 January 2021 due to current workloads pre-Christmas. However, we would be more than happy to meet you in the new year, and you're welcome to still submit your application this year.
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
- On 28 May 2020, the Minister for the Environment announced the Essential Freshwater package. Here is our summary, advice and FAQs.
- Read our initial advice on Te Mana o te Wai and resource consents.
- The National Environmental Standards for Plantation Forestry came into effect on 1 May 2018. Visit the Ministry for Environment website for regulations that need to be complied with.