Processing timeframes for resource consents
We continue experiencing a high number of consent applications. This together with the increasing complexity of consents we receive, and staff shortages, is causing delays in processing resource consents.

The current timeframe for most applications to be allocated to a planner for processing (once the acceptance decision on a lodged application has been made) is about eight weeks.

The actual timeframes vary depending on the size and complexity of the application. Once your application is allocated, you will be contacted by the planner. If you have any questions about your application please contact our advisory services team.

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.

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.

Read the information provided below or contact us to set up an appointment with one of our consents planners. Please complete this online pre-application advice form.

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.