Any person can submit on a publicly notified consent application - that is when the Council has advertised the application on its website or in the public notices section of the newspaper.
Only those specific people served notice by the Council can make a submission on a limited notified application, since those were the only people deemed by the Council to be affected persons as they were affectd in a minor or more way.
No-one can make a submission if the Council decision was to process the application on a non-notified path. The vast majority of resource consent applications proceed this way since it's often the preferred path. Many applicants change their proposals to reduce adverse effects and to get written approvals, or even withdraw their applications.
You have 20 working days after the application is notified to make your submission.
We always include the closing date for submissions in the website or newspaper notice, sign or letter from the Council.
Make sure you get your submission to the Council in time, as submissions may not be accepted after the closing date.
You must also send a copy to the applicant as soon as you reasonably can after you've sent it to the Council.
You can get more information about making a submission from the Ministry for the Environment.
As soon as the submission period closes, we will write or email you to confirm that we've received your submission.
We don't send you copies of the other submissions received. If the application was publicly notified you can find them on our website.
Our consent planners consider your submission when they make their recommendation
You have the right to speak to the decision-maker. If you choose this, the decision making process involves having a hearing.
A submitter can also ask that the decsion maker is an independent commissioner (rather than local councillors).
A submitter may also have appeal rights to the Environment Court on any decsion made by the Council.