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.
Link to our resource consent application forms
You will find a comprehensive list of the information that you must provide with your application in Schedule 4 of the RMA:
- The amount of information you must provide is 'horses for courses' - that is sufficient detail to meet the reason the information is needed.
- You must also complete an assessment of environmental effects (AEE).
- The level of detail you must provide is relative to the scale and significance of the effects from your proposal.
- For particular types of consents see the information requirements under the TRMP.
TRMP - Chapter 19 - Information required with land use or subdivision consent applications
TRMP - Chapter 26 - Information required with coastal permit applications
TRMP - Chapter 29 - infromation required with consent applications in, on or over the bed or the surface of a stream, river, or lake
TRMP - Chapter 32 - infromation required with a water permit application to dam, divert or use water
TRMP - Chapter 37 - information required with a discharge permit application
The Minsitry for the Environment has guidance on the infromation requirements under section 88 and Schedule 4 of the RMA.
Download the Ministry for the Environment guide on infromation required for resource consent applications
Identify who might be interested in or affected by the activity and how they might be affected
Talk to these 'affected persons'. Ask them to give you their written approval if you don’t want your application to be notified. Alternatively,you can 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 involving occupation, usually you must also notify and seek views from any group that has applied for recognition of customary marine title in the area. The only times you don't need to, is if the coastal marine area is owned (freehold, and shown by a Record of Title), or the area is a reserve, conservation area, or national park.
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.
You may need to show how any other aspects of your proposal are permitted, and also identify if you need any permissions under any other public laws.
Consider if you need to employ an expert (resource management professional) to help you prepare the information.