Planning Fees

Planning Services charges listed below have been set according to the Resource Management Act 1991. These enable Manawatu District Council to recover the costs of processing applications, monitoring consents and for notice of requirement designations and private District Plan changes.

Fee Description Fee ($)
Notified and Limited Notified Applications and Public Works Designations
Administration 1,918.00
Advertising lodgement 494.00
Hearings when heard by Commissioners At cost plus disbursements
Hearings when heard by Hearings Committee At cost plus disbursements
Processing of application At officer hourly rate
Non-notified Application lodgement fees
Controlled activities 883.00
Restricted discretionary activities 1,274.00
Discretionary activities 1,840.00
Non-complying land uses 2,404.00
Non-notified Application fixed fees
Permitted relocated building (assessment and monitoring) 541.00
Boundary activities 310.00
Marginal or temporary activities 870.00
Subdivision Application lodgement Fees
Controlled 823.00
Restricted discretionary 1,274.00
Discretionary 2,404.00
Non-complying 2,969.00
Certificates under Section 226 788.00
Approval for cross-lease plans previously approved 788.00
Right-of-way approval (no sealing fee) 659.00
Survey plan consent (sealing fee) 265.00
Consultation with District Land Registrar (LINZ) 197.00
Road Access Certificate (Sections 321 and 346 of the Local Government Act 1974) 495.00
Bond preparation 495.00
s223 approval 331.00
s224 approval (if applied for separately from s223) 641.00
combined s223 and s224 approval (when lodged together) 824.00
s223 and s224 engineering approval and inspections will be charged at the hourly officer rate for ‘technical and professional staff from all other units’ as listed in the “Council staff and decision-maker charges” section
Applications for District Plan changes
Lodgement for a District Plan change 6,272.00
Miscellaneous lodgement fee
Certificate of Compliance 396.00
Variation to resource consent appilcations 692.00
Extensions to time for resource consents 462.00
Certificates under the Overseas Investment Act 396.00
Existing use certificates 692.00
Outline plan of works (including waivers) 656.00
Uplifting a designation 396.00
Non-notified designation requirements, heritage orders and designation alterations 656.00
Notified designation requirements, heritage orders and designation alterations 1,970.00
Instrument creating esplanade strip/reserve 396.00
Revocation of easements, building line restrictions etc when separate from a subdivision consent 396.00
Easements not requiring a subdivision consent and not included as part of the subdivision consent 396.00
Consideration, processing and issuing of certificates not itemised in this schedule 462.00
Monitoring of resource consents Inspections charged hourly rate per officer
Manawatu District Plan - Plan Strategy and Rules 109.00
Manawatu District Plan - Planning Maps 119.00
Road Stopping lodgement fees
Road stopping under the Public Works Act 1981 462.00
Road stopping under the Local Government Act 1974 - (extra cost may be incurred if a hearing is required) 692.00
Hearing for road stopping Actual cost
Review of development contribution
Reconsideration of development contributions 657.00
Objections to Development contributions (covers administration and hearing fee) Actual cost
Planning Inspection fees – Building Consents
New construction - housing, commercial and industrial Actual costs based on hourly
rate per officer
Alterations and additions - housing, commercial and industrial Actual costs based on hourly
rate per officer
Accessory and farm buildings - includes alterations and additions Actual costs based on hourly
rate per officer
Building Act 2004
Section 73 Notification - Land subject to natural hazards 737.00
Section 75(2) Certificate - Building over two allotments 737.00
Certificate of Title
Certificates of Title 27.00
Scanning and digital fees (for consent applications received in hard copy) 118.00
Objection to decision s357 RMA 497.00


  1. The fee is a lodgement fee only for applications for alterations to designations, engineering approvals and inspections, review of development contribution, requests for plan changes and  road stoppings. The lodgement fee is the amount required up front when lodging an application. Council will take no action on the application in accordance with section 36(7) until this amount is paid.
  2. Section 36 of the Resource Management Act enables the Manawatu District Council to charge additional fees. These are fees to recover actual and reasonable costs incurred where the actual and reasonable costs exceed the lodgement fee (fixed charge) paid. Council will charge any costs incurred through the engagement of external expertise to the applicant at cost.
  3. Council will charge fees to cover actual and reasonable costs incurred. It will charge the applicable staff charge-out rate together with the costs associated with employing the services of professional consultants where necessary. It will recover actual and reasonable costs associated with any required consent hearing from the applicant.
  4. Where specialist peer-review reports are required, the applicant is required to pay a lodgement fee of $500.00 per report when lodging an application. The applicant then pays the full amount on the completion of the report/assessment.

Council staff and decision-maker charges

The Council will charge the following hourly rates for its officers and decision makers for the processing of consents, hearings, and designations etc that do not have a set fee.

Fee Description Fee per hour ($)
Committee/Administration Officer 130.00
Planning Technician / Graduate Planner / Planning Officer / Compliance and Enforcement Officer 169.00
Senior Consents Planner 195.00
Compliance and Planning Manager 224.00
Regulatory Manager 272.00
Land Development Engineer/Officer 195.00
Land Development Manager 224.00
Roading Engineer/Utility Engineer 195.00
Roading Manager/Utility Manager 272.00
Commissioner At cost plus disbursements
Fees for advertising, consultants and solicitors associated with all work types including processing of a consent or certificate. (This includes specialist technical or legal advice and new notice of requirements, designation alterations, removal of designations and  District Plan changes.) At cost plus disbursements

Infringement fees determined by Resource Management (Infringement Offences) Regulations 1999

Offence specified as infringement offenceGeneral description of offenceFee ($)
Section 338(1A)Contravention of section 15A (1)(a) (dumping of waste or other matter from any ship, aircraft or offshore installation)500.00
Section 338(1B)Contravention of section 15B (1) and (2) (discharge in the coastal marine area of harmful substances, contaminants, or water from a ship or offshore installation)500.00
Section 338(1)(a)Contravention of section 9 (restrictions on use of land)300.00
 Contravention of section 12 (restrictions on use of coastal marine area)500.00
 Contravention of section 13 (restrictions on certain uses of beds of lakes and rivers)500.00
 Contravention of section 14 (restrictions relating to water)500.00
 Contravention of section 15(1)(a) and (b) (discharge of contaminants or water into water or onto or into land where contaminant is likely to enter water)750.00
 Contravention of section 15(1)(c) and (d) (discharge of contaminants into environment from industrial or trade premises)1,000.00
 Contravention of section 15(2) (discharge of contaminant into air or onto or into land)300.00
Section 338(1)(c)Contravention of an abatement notice (other than a notice under section 322(1)(c))750.00
Section 338(1)(d)Contravention of a water shortage direction under section 329500.00
Section 338(2)(a)Contravention of section 22 (failure to provide certain information to an enforcement officer)300.00
Section 338(2)(c)Contravention of an excessive noise direction under section 327500.00
Section 338(2)(d)Contravention of an abatement notice for unreasonable noise under section 322(1)(c)750.00