How long will the consent take to be processed?


The Resource Management Act 1991 details the timeframes and procedures for determining resource consent applications. The time it takes for a resource consent application will vary depending on the complexity of the application, whether or not you have provided us with sufficient information, and staff workload. It would be wise to take this into consideration when you plan your development.

If your resource consent application is not put out to public notice, then Council must process it within 20 working days. If further information is required, the Council can extend this deadline. It can also extend processing times, if necessary. Generally, non-notified applications can be approved under delegated authority and do not need to go to a Council Hearing.

If your resource consent goes out for public notice, it will generally take up to 70 working days to process.

Notified applications take longer because hearings are usually convened. It can take between three and four months for a decision to be issued.

If you, as an applicant or submitter, are unhappy with the decision, you have a right of appeal to the Environment Court .

For notified applications the process is as follows:

  • During the public notification period, the application is available for public scrutiny at the Council office - Submission on a Publicly Notified RC Application PDF File)
  • If no submissions are received, a decision is made on the application within 15 working days of the submission closure date
  • If submissions are received and the submitters wish to be heard, a hearing date is set within 25 working days of the final submission date
  • The hearing will be before either the Council's Hearings Committee or an independent commissioners appointed by the Council
  • A Notice of Decision must be issued within 15 working days of the hearing completion date

If you, as an applicant or submitter, are unhappy with the decision, you have a right of appeal to the Environment Court .