5. Lodge my application
Putting together a consent application can be complex; however, 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.
The Resource Management Act (RMA) sets out detailed requirements for what must be included in an application.
An application which includes all the requirements of the RMA ensures that the Consent Authority has the information required to decide whether to notify or non-notify, and ultimately whether to grant or decline the application.
If the information is not included in your application when you apply, then delays and associated increases in processing costs will be experienced if we have to return the incomplete application or request further information.
Schedule 4 of the RMA sets out the information required for your resource consent application.
After 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.
How to apply – check out these handy tips
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 do you want to do?
- How do you want to do it?
- Where you want to do it?
- When do you want to do it?
- Why do 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 and Canterbury Maps Biodiversity & Ecological database
Please also refer to the Ecological Criteria Guidelines. N.B. This report was prepared by Wildland Consultants under contract to Environment Canterbury and does not endorse this consultancy above any other for application of RPS criteria.
Research regional plans and rules
In general, for a new consent, you will need to:
- Identify the relevant regional plan
- Identify the relevant rules in the plan.
Provide an environmental assessment
Your Assessment of Actual and Potential Effects on the Environment (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. Please also refer to the Ecological Criteria Guidelines (PDF file, 10.81MB).
Search existing consents
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.
To pay for your consent application through internet banking or by credit or debit card, click on the pay now button below and you will be taken to Windcave (a secure third-party payment platform). Please ensure you have submitted your resource consent application before you pay for it through this platform.
- This platform should only be used for resource consent application fixed fees or initial fixed fees (deposits).
- This is our preferred payment method as it allows us to match your payment to your application faster, potentially speeding up the consent process.
- Your payment information is collected by Windcave, which is our payment provider. Windcave is subject to the PCI DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards) and the Privacy Act 2020. Environment Canterbury does not collect or have access to your payment information, including credit/debit card details.
- If using a credit or debit card, Visa or Mastercard payments are accepted. Payments cannot be made using American Express.
- No additional card fees will be charged.
- If you need help making your payment online, please contact our Customer Services team on 0800 324 636
You can search consents.
Our well search displays a summary of information that we have on a specified well or bore.
Aquifer test guidelines
Information about testing aquifers and barometric pressure corrections.
- Aquifer Test guidelines (PDF File, 1.21MB)
- Aquifer testing exemptions fact sheet (PDF File, 20.19KB)
- Aquifer test design - Self audit check sheet (PDF File, 17.17KB)
- Aquifer testing - Practice note - Barometric pressure correction (PDF File, 115.49KB)
Review of aquifer tests - submission forms
- Aquifer constant discharge test form (PDF File, 26.67KB)
- Aquifer step drawdown test form (PDF File, 38.1KB)
Guidelines and analysis tools for reviewing aquifer tests, for proposed consents or for compliance with consent conditions
Well interference assessment tool
The Canterbury Land and Water Regional Plan allows consent applicants to use a model to estimate a seasonal volume that complies with Schedule 10.
Use a model that has been field validated and shown to reliably predict annual irrigation volume within an accuracy of 15 per cent.
The annual volume calculated using the model shall be complaint with the following criteria:
- an irrigation application efficiency of 80 per cent
- a system capacity to meet peak demand (half a litre per second per hectare)
- a nominal irrigation season from September 1 to April 30, and
- demand conditions that occur in nine out of 10 years.
Download the IrriCalc Guidance Document (PDF File, 59.29KB) for detailed information.
- Section 1 sets out the criteria and requirements for a model and its application to estimate seasonal irrigation water use and to set seasonal irrigation water use limits.
- Section 2 is dedicated to providing guidance on how to calculate a farm's seasonal irrigation water limit using the IrriCalc maps.
- Section 3 provides answers to some of the main questions associated with using the IrriCalc model.
Annual volume calculator
This is an Excel spreadsheet for you to calculate an annual volume for a specific area of irrigated land. To use the calculator, you will need some specific technical information about your actual or intended irrigated area. Whether you already have an existing consent for the area or your interest is in applying for a new consent, the valuation or legal description for all relevant land parcels will be helpful. Alternatively, you can search by entering the name of an adjacent road. If you want to calculate the annual volume for more than one consent or if land parcels are geographically separate, you will have to run a separate calculation for each consent/land parcel.
You will need the following information from your pumping schedule:
- The maximum volume (actual or intended) per Return Period. Return Period is the time (in days) between successive irrigations.
- Length of return period (actual or intended).
To find this information:
- Check the consent details sent to you from Environment Canterbury or search using our consent finder.
- The instructions on the use of the spreadsheet show how to determine the maximum volume if it is not explicitly stated in an existing consent.
You will also need to know:
- the area (in hectares) to be irrigated
- land-use type (actual or intended) e.g. arable, intensive pasture
- Profile Available Water (PAW)
- effective irrigation season rainfall.
To find this information:
Information on Profile Available Water (PAW) and effective irrigation can be obtained using Canterbury Maps.
To use the spreadsheet for calculation:
- Download the Annual volume calculator analysis (XLS File, 61KB).
- Keep the consent details, Canterbury Maps and the instructions (PDF file, 575 KB) open while you use the calculator.
Erosion and sediment control training
We hold training workshops, produced by us in consultation with the earthworks industry, to provide practical advice about on-site measures. These will help you meet resource consent conditions and prevent waterway and dust-related pollution. With the help of our sponsors, Geofabrics, MBC and RST Environmental Solutions Ltd, we offer two training workshops led by Campbell Stewart. You can read more about him at SouthernSkies Environmental Limited where he is a director. Course 1: Introduction - For Earthworks Site Contractors
- Course date: as needed
This is a one-day workshop for those who are involved or interested in the building, operation, maintenance or decommissioning of measures set out in erosion and sediment control plans. This workshop provides a background understanding of erosion and sediment control methods and the environmental effects of sediment.
To register: firstname.lastname@example.org
Course fee: TBC
Course 2: Introduction - For Consultants, Local Authority Staff and Earthwork Site Managers
- Course date: as needed
This is a one-day workshop for consultants (who lodge consent applications for earthworks and stream works, prepare assessments of environmental effects and erosion and sediment control plans in support of these and who call for tenders for the approved works), site contract managers, local authority staff (involved with policy, consenting and compliance associated with earthworks and stream works) and those wanting a detailed working knowledge of erosion and sediment control.
This workshop provides a background understanding of erosion and sediment control methods and the environmental effects of sediment. Time is also spent visiting a greenfield development site and preparing an erosion and sediment control plan.
To register: email@example.com
Course fee: TBC
Conditions of training courses:
- The site visit is reliant on availability and is not guaranteed. We will always do our utmost to include a site visit but if situations arise beyond our control then this may not be part of the workshop.
- Registration confirms placement for attendee in the required workshop. If for any reason the attendee is unable to attend the workshop then a minimum of 48 hours notification to the workshop organiser is required. The ideal situation (should the registered attendee not be able to attend the workshop) would be that the registered attendee arrange a substitute to take the original attendee's place.
- Cancellation of an attendee outside of the 48 hours minimum notification without replacement will incur the schedule workshop fee.
- Attendance is limited to 20 people at each workshop.
Builder's pocket guide
People who are constructing houses on small sites or companies managing the construction of commercial sites can refer to the builder's pocket guide for small sites (PDF File, 1.78MB).
Erosion and sediment control guidelines
The erosion and sediment control guidelines is a set of guidelines for anyone involved with any type of earthworks on the land or near water—projects large and small. They provide guidance for minimising the adverse effects of erosion and sedimentation while planning, constructing and maintaining a project.
Online geographic information systems at Canterbury Maps
Guidance for resource management practitioners
Use our technical advice and guidance notes to understand what activities may require a resource consent and how to prepare a consent application.
Resource consent application forms and associated documents are grouped by type below.
Please download your required application form, print and fill in the form. Sent your completed application form via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or post to Environment Canterbury, PO Box 345, Christchurch 8140.
Need help with your application? Contact us.
Discharge dairy effluent and to store dairy effluent CON080
Please contact customer services for further information.
Application for Intensive Winter Grazing – CON600
This form supports applications for intensive winter grazing consent, where the area proposed is no more than the greatest area of intensive winter grazing that occurred on the property during the reference period 1 July 2014 – 30 June 2019.
This form is an editable PDF and designed with the intention that a landowner can apply for consent themselves.
Please carefully read the instructions inside the form, and contact customer services if you have any questions.
Farming activities: Region wide and Sub regional – CON501
The CON501 application form (PDF, 413.32KB) may be used when applying for a land use consent to use land for farming for an individual property or farm enterprise covered by the region wide and sub regional sections of the Land and Water Regional Plan (LWRP).
Environment Canterbury has prepared a Planning Assessment Form that sets out the relevant planning provisions for the respective zones under the region wide and sub regional sections of the LWRP:
- If you choose not to use the Planning Assessment Form, please provide your own planning assessment of the activity against the relevant planning provisions.
- If your property or farm enterprise covers multiple nutrient zones under the LWRP, you must include a separate planning assessment for each zone applicable.
Farming activities: – Red Nutrient Allocation Zone – CON501A
Farming activities: – Orange Nutrient Allocation Zone – CON501B
Farming activities: – Lake Nutrient Allocation Zone – CON501C
Farming activities: – Green and Light Blue Nutrient Allocation Zone – CON501D
Farming activities: – Alternative Pathway – CON501E
Farming activities: – South Coastal Canterbury – CON501F
Farming activities: – Waimakariri – CON501G
- (also assess region wide rule);
- Planning Assessment Form (PDF file, 426.67KB)
Farming activities: – Waitaki – CON501H
Farming activities: – Orari – Temuka – Opihi - Pareora – CON501I
- (also assess region wide rule);
- Planning Assessment Form (PDF file, 462.23KB)
Farming activities: – Lower Hinds / Hekeao Plains – CON501J
Farming activities: – Upper Hinds / Hekeao Plains – CON501K
Farming activities: – Selwyn Te Waihora – CON501L
Discharge stormwater into land – CON060
- Application form PDF (PDF File, 474.88KB)
- Conditions for CON060 – Land (PDF File, 27.3KB)
- Conditions for CON060 – Construction, Land (PDF File, 21.02KB)
- Planning assessment PDF (PDF File, 110.44KB)
- Notes (PDF File, 66.29KB)
Discharge stormwater into surface water – CON061
- Application form PDF (PDF File, 434.19KB)
- Conditions for CON061 – Water (PDF File, 37.46KB)
- Conditions for CON061 – Construction, Water (PDF File, 36.34KB)
- Planning assessment (PDF File, 146.29KB)
- Notes (PDF File, 66.29KB)
Discharge of contaminants into land from an onsite wastewater system – CON070
Install or alter a bore – CON001
- Application form PDF (PDF File, 354.83KB)
- Notes (PDF File, 101.8KB)
- Planning assessment (PDF File, 160.04KB)
Land use including works in or within 7.5 metres of the beds of lakes and rivers – CON020
Extraction of gravel – CON050
Application for resource consent – CON499
Change of name for application in progress – CON500
- Application form PDF (PDF File, 28.93KB)
Written approval of persons likely affected – FORM8A
- Application form PDF (PDF File, 142.44KB)
Withdraw application for a resource consent – CON530
- Application form PDF (PDF File, 10.77KB)
Transfer of resource consent – CON540
- Application form Word (DOCX File, 178KB)
Note: From 9 February 2022, we will require people requesting a full transfer of a resource consent to pay a $105 fee to cover processing costs.
Find out more about current fees and charges and how to pay.
Partial transfer of resource consent ground surface water – CON541A
- Application form Word (DOCX File, 174KB)
Partial transfer of a discharge consent – CON541B
- Application form Word (DOCX File, 81.8KB)
Partial transfer of resource consent – CON541C
- Application form Word (DOCX File, 163KB)
Transfer of water permit to another site – CON542
- Application form PDF (PDF File, 233.28KB)
Full surrender of resource consent – CON550
- Application form Word (DOCX File, 157KB)
Partial surrender of resource consent – CON551
- Application form Word (DOCX File, 176KB)
Application to amend water metering condition and reduce rate of take on consent – CON552
- Application form (PDF File, 358.11KB)
Change of address – CON560
- Application form PDF (PDF File, 18.83KB)
Change or cancel conditions – CON570
- Application form (PDF File, 256.04KB)
Flowmeter and datalogger installation – CON580
- Application form PDF (PDF File, 194.54KB)
Flowmeter verification form – CON581
- Application form PDF (PDF File, 174.94KB)
Non-standard installation approval
- Application form PDF (PDF File, 72.31KB)
Open channel and partially filled pipe installation and commissioning
- Application form PDF (PDF File, 57.54KB)
Bore log report
- Application form PDF (PDF File, 154.43KB)
Submission on resource consent application – CON520
- Application form PDF (DOCX File, 254KB)
Submission on an application for a resource consent by a person on whom notice of the application has been served – CON521
- Application form PDF (DOCX File, 84.24KB)
Withdrawal of right to be heard – CON522
- Application form PDF (DOCX File, 106.03KB)
Withdrawal of submission lodged – CON523
- Application form PDF (DOCX File, 106.2KB)
- Swing mooring, slipway and Navigation Safety Bylaw forms are in the Harbourmaster's Office section.
- As further forms are developed, they will appear on this page. In the meantime, you may need a form which is only available directly from Customer Services. Please contact us if you have any questions.