Required information to provide with your application
Before submitting your application form, please ensure you have included the relevant information required for your application.
Information required to provide with your application (PDF 7MB)
Applying for a resource consent
You can apply for a resource consent yourself or you can engage a professional to lodge an application with Council on your behalf.
There is specific information requirements depending on the type of resource consent application you require. It is in your best interest to submit a well prepared application, which covers all aspects of your proposal. This will save you both time and processing costs.
If you are submitting an application electronically and you have large files to attach you can submit this information via ShareFile. It is important that an email to the consents administration team is sent at the same time to advise that information has been submitted and document titling helps identify what the file documents relate to.
Document naming that includes the applicant name, site address, and Council reference (if applicable) will ensure this information is assigned in a timely manner for further action.
We always recommend you make contact with us before making an application to discuss your proposal and the consenting process.
Duty Planner service
The resource consent and building processes can be complex and time consuming for customers who are not planners, surveyors, architects, builders, engineers or other parties experienced in the process on a daily basis.
Council is able to provide assistance early on in the process before any development commitments are made so you have a full understanding of all of the issues relevant to any development you are proposing.
We too often see the unfortunate consequences of an uninformed development proceeding that conflicts with the many different sets of legislation Council is required to administer. In these situations it can sometimes be too late to assist in any meaningful fashion other than as an ambulance at the bottom of the cliff.
Council provides a Duty Planner service where quick, high-level information on the rules in the District Plan are discussed by phone call, in person and via email. We do advise that these discussions are based on what information is provided to the Duty Planner who may not have the project knowledge at that time, although the Duty Planner is available to talk to your surveyor, designer or architect as required.
The Duty Planner can be contacted through our customer service team on 07 571 8008, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
or by popping into Council’s head office at Barkes Corner in Greerton.
Pre application service – package of plans
We suggest that a meeting with Council and your agent(s) would be beneficial. These meetings provide a greater opportunity to meet with the relevant Council staff across a number of disciplines such as utility and transportation engineers, reserve management staff, urban design specialists, building control officials, and the consents and policy planning staff.
We think it’s important that we provide this option to a broader customer group who may only interact with Council once or twice – our aim being to ensure a smooth and successful outcome that is understood by customers from the outset.
Many other councils hold ‘pre-application meetings’, but often at the point where proposals are well advanced and the focus is more about ensuring adequate scoping of environmental assessment effects.
Our package of plans model allows customers to engage early with staff to discuss possible subdivisions or potential land-use development, which initially may be no more than a hand drawn sketch.
The benefits of this approach:
- This process of meeting(s) is at no cost to the applicant
- Council staff involved with the consent application become fully informed about the proposed development
- There should be no surprises for the applicant or Council who should be able to process any applications in a shorter time
- Any concerns regarding the proposed development are discussed and resolved prior to lodgement of the particular applications
- The customer and/or their ‘agent’ can finalise the development concept and consent application with more confidence, knowing where they stand with Council regarding the proposed development
- Consent applications can be finalised with lists of conditions understood by the applicant.