Timeframes for processing resource consents

The Resource Management Act sets the number of working days that are allowed for each step of processing and making decisions on resource consent applications.

Pathways and timeframes are different depending on the type of consent and how complex it is. The decision as to what type of pathway an application needs to follow sits with the Council.

Fast track consents

From 18 October 2017, the Council can decide that an application can be fast tracked, which reduces the time frames. A Fast Track Consent has to meet several criteria, including:

  • It must be for a district land use activity
  • It must have 'controlled activity' status
  • The applicant must have provided an email address for communications
  • The Council has decided that there's no need for public consultation.
Fast track consent stage Time limit
Check an application is complete 5 working days from the date an application is received
Make a decision 10 working days from the date a complete application is received

Non-notified consents

A non-notified consent means that the Council has determined there is no need for public consultation, and/or all affected persons have given approval.

Non-notified consent stage Time limit
Check an application is complete 10 working days from the date an application is received
Make a decision 20 working days from the date a complete application is received

Limited notified consents

A limited notified consent means that affected persons have a chance to have their say on how they believe the proposal will impact them. We identify who is affected, and must consider a person affected if the advere effects on them from the activity, if allowed, is going to be at least "minor".

Limited notified consent steps Time limit
Check your application is complete 10 working days from the date your application is received
Advise affected persons that they can make a submission 20 working days from the date a complete application is received
Receive submissions 20 working days from the date affected persons were advised
Make a decision if there's no hearing 20 working days from the date submissions close
Close a hearing 45 working days after close of submissions
Release a decision after close of hearing 15 working days from the date the hearing closes

Publicly notified consents

A publicly notified consent means that the Council is seeking input from the public. This happens when the Council considers that the effects on the environment are likely to be more than minor and the RMA and / or the rules in the TRMP let us.

Publicly notified consent stage Time limit
Check an application is complete 10 working days from the date an application is received
Advertise in a public newspaper 20 working days from the date a complete application is received
Receive submissions 20 working days from the date the application is publically notified
Made a decision if there's no hearing 20 working days from the date submissions close
Close a hearing 75 working days after close of submissions
Release a decision after close of hearing 15 working days from the date the hearing closes
Can I put the process on hold?
Can the Council put the process on hold?
Extending the time limits
Processing over Christmas and the New Year

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