When a resource consent application is received by the council, we conduct an assessment of its environmental effects. If the environmental effects are more than minor, the resource consent will require public notification under Section 95A of the Resource Management Act(external link).

When we make a decision on a resource consent, we consider:

  • the effects on the natural environment
  • how the activity will affect other people's use and enjoyment of the environment.

What is a pre-hearing meeting?

A pre-hearing meeting can take place at the request of the applicant, submitter or from the council.

Attendees could be the:

  • Applicant
  • Council staff
  • Submitters
  • Any other persons considered appropriate.

The purpose of a pre-hearing meeting is to clarify or facilitate resolution of any matter or issue associated with an application for resource consent.

A pre-hearing meeting may reduce the time and cost associated with a hearing. Submitters may also withdraw their submission so a hearing is not required.

Do I need a hearing?

A hearing can take place for a publicly notified or limited notified consent if the: 

  • Council considers it necessary
  • Applicant requests a hearing
  • Submitters wish to be heard.

How are hearing commissioners appointed?

Hearing commissioners are appointed as per this policy.

Making submissions on resource consent applications

If the application has been publicly notified, or you are an affected party to a limited notified application, you can make a submission to Environment Canterbury with your views on the application.

Find out more about the process and how to make a submission.