When is a resource consent needed?

A resource consent is a formal approval granted by a regional or district council that permits the holder to carry out a certain activity. A resource consent may be required if: 

  • the proposed activity does not comply with a rule in a regional or district plan or National Environmental Standard 
  • the proposed activity has a specific rule stating a resource consent must be obtained for the activity. 

There are five types of resource consent: 

  • permitted activity 
  • prohibited activity 
  • land use consent  
  • farming resource consent 
  • intensive winter grazing 

Step 1: Assessment 

When engaging a Ravensdown environmental planner to prepare and lodge a resource consent application on your behalf, your Ravensdown environmental planner will firstly assess what resource consents are required and the information for the application. When the consenting process includes documents such as a nutrient budget, Farm Environment Plan or dairy effluent storage calculation, this work is normally completed first to inform the planning assessment. 

Step 2: Application 

Your Ravensdown environmental planner will prepare an application report which includes a description of the application activity and the application site. It will also have an assessment of the environmental effects and an assessment against the objectives, policies, and rules and all the applicable plans, regulations, and associated documents. 

During report preparation, your planner may need to seek additional information from you or other consultants who have prepared additional reports that will form part of the application. 

Once finalised, the Ravensdown environmental planner will ask you to pay the council's application fee so they can lodge the resource consent. Most councils require the payment of an application fee at the time of or before the application is lodged.  

What information needs to be submitted with a resource consent application? 

All resource consent applications are required to contain the following information: 

  • A description of the activity and the application site, applicant's name, the full name of any owners or occupiers of the application site. 
  • An assessment of the effects of that activity on the environment (typically the impact on groundwater, surface water, soil, ecology, biodiversity, and any cultural matters. 
  • An assessment of the objectives, policies and rules of any relevant regional and district plans and/or National Environmental Standards or other policy statements or regulations. 
  • An assessment against the Resource Management Act 1991. 

Farm Environment Plans Nutrient Budgets