We can prepare and lodge your resource consent application for you.
1. Preparing for Resource Consent
Before making an application for resource consent, careful consideration needs to be given to what an application should contain. Allegrow manages this process for you by having a good understanding of the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA) and other relevant planning documents.
We help you by:
- Asking the right question about your project so you consider all requirements of your application.
- Knowing the rules that will effect your application and helping you to supply relevant documentation.
- Advising you on who would be adversely affected by your proposed project and how best to contact them.
- Making contact with council on your behalf to manage the application.
This will save you time, money and frustration.
This may include consultation with:
- your neighbours
- tāngata whenua
- users of the same water source
- or interest groups such as the Department of Conservation or Fish & Game.
Allegrow can help you with this process including helping you to consult with Iwi and Hapu groups.
3. Applying for a resource consent.
Allegrow will prepare and lodge your resource consent application with the council. By providing the right information your application is likely to be processed quicker.
This will include items such as:
- Providing clear maps and site photos showing where activities are being undertaken.
- A legal description of the site.
- The distance to any significant environmental, historic or cultural sites.
- The relevant regional plan and rules are addressed.
- Ways of avoiding, remedying or reducing any adverse effect identified.
- Possible alternatives and positive effects are outlined.
- Evidence of any consultation with affected parties
4. Council Notification
When a resource consent application is received by Council, Council with consider the assessment of environmental effects. Only some consent applications are notified. Your application may not be notified if council are satisfied that your activity will have only minor effects on the environment and/or all potentially affected parties have provided written approval. Your application will be processed faster and cost less if you gain approval from all parties that may be affected by your proposal. There are two forms of notification, Limited Notified and (publicly or fully) Notified.
Limited notification applies when the effects of your activity are considered to be generally minor but you have not obtained written approval from potentially affected parties. Council will send a letter to all potentially affected parties advising them of your application and any activities or likely effects associated with your proposal which may arise if your proposal was granted. Those identified parties can then make a submission on the proposal. If submissions and/or issues can’t be resolved then the application will need to go to hearing.
Full Notification occurs when council believe the effects of your activity will be more than minor. A notice will be placed on our website, in the public notices section of the local newspaper where your proposed activity will happen and a sign will be placed at the site (or the nearest public access point to the site) of the proposed activity.
The notice and sign will say who the applicant is, what consents they have applied for and where they propose to carry out the activity
Additionally, a letter will be sent to all potentially affected parties advising them directly of your application.
At the close of submissions, the application may go to a pre-hearing meeting or a hearing to determine the application. If no submissions are received the consent may not need a hearing and the consent can be processed and the decision issued.
Councils need to comply with the timeframes set out in the RMA. The council will decide whether to notify your application within 20 working days of receiving it.
If you’ve provided all the necessary information, the council should be able to make a decision within the following timeframes:
- non-notified applications within one month (20 working days),
- limited notified applications within approximately four and a half months (100 working days).
- notified applications within approximately six months (130 working days)
There may be delays if:
- You don’t supply all the information needed.
- You need other consents for the activity, and we decide to consider all the applications as a single package.
- Special circumstances exist (for example, the activity is large and complex).
- There’s disagreement about the conditions for the resource consent.
Allegrow mitigates this through its in-depth knowledge of the Resource Management Act and other relevant planning documents ensuring that your application includes all relevant information when and where possible in order to avoid delays in considering your application.