Lodging an application

Putting together an application is complex but the clearer you describe what you want to do and where you want to do it, the easier the process of lodging an application will be.

We have outlined the process below. You will need to use our application forms and possibly some of our online tools to help.

Once you have lodged your application, we have 10 working days to let you know if you have given us enough information to proceed to the next step

Describe the activity
You must provide clear details of what you want to do and where. The more information you are able to provide, the better understanding we will have of your proposal.

In particular, we require a map clearly showing the location of proposed works and a legal description of the site.

The description will depend on the activity, but in general, we need to know:

  • What you want to do
  • How you want to do it
  • Where you want to do it
  • When you want to do it
  • Why you want to do it
Describe the environment

We need to know where your proposed activity is related, in relation to nearby features.

For all applications:

  • Is the property registered on the Listed Land Use Register?
  • What is the distance to any significant environmental, historic or cultural sites?

You can check for these using the Canterbury Maps database.

How do regional plans and rules affect an application?

In general, for a new consent, you will need to: 

Providing an Assessment of Actual and Potential Effects on the Environment (AEE)

Your AEE will need to include:

  • Identification of any affected parties
  • Effects on the environment
  • Possible ways of avoiding, remedying or reducing any adverse effect identified
  • Possible alternatives to the proposal
  • Positive effects.
Read the Ministry for the Environment guide.
Consent search
Our consent search allows you to look at any resource consent document held by us.
Resource consents can be searched by number, holder, location, type and status.
Searching for existing consent applications for similar activities or locations can be used to identify how your application can best be written.
Application checklist
Please make sure you have supplied:
  • Name and address of applicant
  • A location plan
  • An accurate description of what you want to do
  • An assessment of the likely effects on the environment, both positive and negative.

This must include effects on land, air, water and on other people and a description of what you intend to do to avoid, remedy or mitigate any adverse effects.

  • A record of any consultation with neighbours, iwi and any other affected parties
  • What monitoring you think is necessary, both while your project is underway and after you have completed it and who you think should do it
  • The necessary deposit/fee.
Lodging your application

Once you feel your application is ready, please submit it with the initial payment via email, post or in person.

See contact us for more details.