When it comes to undertaking any development project, be it building a new home, expanding a business, or altering the landscape of a property, understanding the ins-and-outs of local regulations is paramount. One term that often surfaces in such discussions is “resource consent.” But what exactly is it, and why do you need one?
In a nutshell, a resource consent is official permission from the local council to undertake a specific activity or development that may have environmental or social impacts. These impacts might alter the natural landscape or change the use of a property. The primary goal of the resource consent process is to strike a balance between development and environmental conservation, so that both contribute positively to the community.
When do you need it?
You may be surprised at what needs resource consent. It can be anything from a simple earthworks project to operating an AirBnB. Here are the most common examples:
- Building a home
- Subdividing land
- For retail, commercial and industrial spaces
- Water extraction or the construction of water barriers.
- Releasing harmful substances into water, soil, or the atmosphere.
- Using or occupying coastal space
What can happen if I don’t have a resource consent?
Without one, could result in legal consequences and hinder the timeline of your project. The process serves to evaluate the potential effects of a development, taking into account factors like noise, traffic, and visual impact.
The process allows neighbours and other stakeholders to voice their opinions and concerns about a project. This promotes transparency and ensures the development not only meets legal requirements but fosters relationships amongst locals. It is not only a bureaucratic hurdle but a crucial step in responsible and sustainable development. Obtaining a resource consent is not just a legal requirement; it’s a commitment to building a better and more harmonious community.
How can we help you secure a resource consent?
Whether your development project is big or small, our experienced team of Planners help with:
- Creating a feasibility report for you – due diligence
- Organise a council pre-application meeting – discussing the feasibility with Council so we can gauge support and identify any issues
- Handle your resource consent application:
– Land use & subdivision consents
– Discharge to land, air or water permits
– Coastal permits
– National Environmental Standard Applications
- Prepare an Assessment of Environmental Effects Report
- Lodge and project manage the resource consent phase
- Offer sound advice if you have received an abatement notice.
Leveraging our in-depth knowledge of the Resource Management Act (RMA) and related legislation is beneficial to you when dealing with Councils. Furthermore, our planners handle consent applications on behalf of councils.