The Ministry for the Environment gives these guidelines for gathering all the information you'll need.
Get the resource consent application forms from the council’s website.
Refer to Schedule 4 of the RMA for a comprehensive list of the information that must be provided with your application. This is available online: http://www.legislation.govt.nz.
Complete an assessment of environmental effects (AEE).
Every resource consent application has to have an AEE.
A Guide to Preparing a Basic Assessment of Environmental Effects is available on the Ministry for the Environment’s website.
Identify who might be interested in or affected by the activity and how they might be affected
Talk to the 'affected persons' and seek their written approval if you don’t want your application to be 'notified'. Alternatively, tell the council why you don’t think they’re affected or why you can’t get their approval.
If this is a coastal permit application, you need to notify and seek views from any group that has applied for recognition of customary marine title in the area. You can find the list of applicants on the Ministry of Justice website.
Provide an assessment of what you want to do against the matters set out in part 2 of the RMA and any relevant provisions of the documents referred to in section 104(1)(b) of the RMA.
The documents referred to in section 104(1)(b) include district or regional plan, a national environmental standard, a national policy statement and a regional policy statement.
Other information and assistance
Get any other information the Council has asked for. This is often identified in the council’s plan or on the application forms.
Consider if you need to employ an expert (resource management professional) to help you prepare the information.