4. How much will my consent cost?

The resource consent application process is 100 per cent user-pays. When you apply for a resource consent you will need to pay an initial fee to cover processing costs. Additional expenses may be incurred depending on the scale and complexity of the resource consent application proposal. This means you pay for the time spent on your application by staff, plus expenses, which may include distance travelled, scientific reports and/or consultants. 

Current fees and charges

Download the current resource consent fees and charges (PDF File, 82.51KB).

What’s changed from 1 July 2021?

We have increased the hourly charge out rate for compliance monitoring staff to $166.75. This now aligns with the hourly rate for Consent Planners and Consent Hearings Officers.

We have also made changes to some fixed fees and initial fixed fees. If you are applying for a resource consent for dairy effluent, discharge of stormwater, discharge to air, water take and/or use, excavation of gravel, earthworks and farming land use we have updated our fee structure. 

Why have the fees changed?

Changes to application fees reflect the actual cost involved to meet requirements of issuing consents under current regulations. We have added the new fee structure to include the scale and complexity of an activity. As a result, we can give you a better indication of the total cost for your resource consent. While the initial fixed fee may have changed, the total costs continue to reflect the time spent on your application by staff.

We are committed to improving the efficiency and effectiveness of our regulatory processes to keep costs as low as possible.

How to pay

Payments can be made via internet banking as detailed below, by credit card through our Customers services team on 0800 324 636.

Internet banking

Bank: ASB
Account Name: Environment Canterbury
Account Number: 12-3151-0059468-00
Reference: "Applicant Name”

Credit card

Contact our Customer Services team on 0800 324 636 to make a payment over the phone.

Fees and charges for consent applications

We recover the costs of carrying out Resource Management Act functions from resource consent applicants and consent holders. Below is a summary of fees for resource consent applications or compliance monitoring.

Fixed application fees (all fees include GST)

Fixed fees cover the total cost of the application or compliance monitoring activity. 

Fee typeFixed fee (inclusive of GST)
Certificate of existing use$650.00
Partial surrender of a resource consent$309.50
Partial transfer of a water permit or discharge permit under section 136(2)(b) or section 137(3)$459.50
Full Transfer of Resource Consent (person to person)$105.00
Install a bore/gallery$583.00

Initial fixed application fees (all fees include GST)

Initial fixed fees include a fixed standard charge that covers processing costs. The fees are based on an estimate of an average non-notified consent application. They may be subject to additional charges if processing of the application exceeds the initial fixed fee. This is so we can recover the actual and reasonable costs incurred. 

Activity typeInitial fixed fee (inclusive of GST)
Discharge on-site domestic wastewater$2,600.00
Change of conditions:
of a water permit$3,300.00
of any other resource consent$1,900.00
Certificate of compliance $1,300.00
Notice of a deemed permitted activity$500.00
Place a swing mooring$700.00
Consent for any other activity (not specified in this table or under risk based initial fixed-fees)$3,500.00

Risk-based initial fixed fees (all fees include GST)

If your activity is for one of the consent types listed below, the initial fixed fee is based on the scale and complexity of the activity, established from the risk factors listed. Additional charges may be incurred if processing of the application exceeds the initial fixed fee.

Discharge

This table shows all fees for discharge of dairy effluent, discharge to stormwater to land or into surface water and discharge to air.

Consent type High risk
initial fixed fee
Medium risk
initial fixed fee
Low risk
initial fixed fee
Dairy effluent >1001 cows $4,700 501-1000 cows $3,500 <500 cows $2,400
Discharge of stormwater to land >4 ha $9,400 0.5 - 4 ha $6,000 <0.5 ha $2,500
Discharge of stormwater into surface water >2 ha, anything on hill slopes $7,000 0.5 - 2 ha $4,800 <0.5 ha $2,700

Discharge to air

Risk factors:

  • Discharge of odour
  • Discharge of hazardous contaminant
  • Sensitive activity less than 250m away as defined in Canterbury Air Regional Plan
  • Within gazetted airshed as defined in National Environment Standards for Air Quality 2020
  • Within Clean Air Zone as defined in Canterbury Air Regional Plan
Three or more Risk factors $7,200 Two or more Risk factors $5,000 Up to one Risk factor  $2,700

 

Water

This table shows all fees for water take, and/or use (including transfers of water permits).

Consent type High risk initial fixed fee Medium risk initial fixed fee Low risk initial fixed fee

Water take, and/or use (including transfers of water permits)

> 100 l/sec and >1,500,000 m3/year $6,000 10-100 l/sec and 150,000-1,500,000 m3/year $4,400 <10 l/sec and <150,000 m3/year  $2,700

 

Land use

This table shows all fees for excavating gravel from the bed of a lake or river, earthworks or farming land use.

Consent type High risk
initial fixed fee
Medium risk
initial fixed fee
Low risk
initial fixed fee
Excavate gravel from the bed of a lake or river >100,000 m3/year $4,700 20,000-100,000 m3/year $3,600 <20,000 m3/year $2,500

Earthworks

Risk factors:

  • Contaminated land
  • Multiple lot residential
  • Less than one-metre separation to groundwater from excavation depth
  • Coastal confined aquifer area
  • Less than five metres from a surface water body
  • Industrial development
Three Risk factors $6,500 Two Risk factors $4,200 Up to one Risk factor $3,200

Farming land use

Risk factors:

  • Multiple farms on application
  • Regionwide rule application that does not use the Farm Portal to calculate Good Management Practice (GMP) Baseline Loss Rates and GMP Loss Rates
  • Sub regional rule that requires application of GMP guidelines for Selwyn and Hinds
  • Within Community Drinking Water Protection Zone
  • Application proposes Nutrient Discharge Allowance or Lawful Exceedance to operate above Nitrogen Baseline
  • OverseerFM analysis with greater than 10 blocks modelled
Three Risk factors $4,500 Two Risk factors $3,500 Up to one Risk factor  $2,500

Note: rates have been calculated using valuation information available at the time this report was prepared.