A project involves earthworks if you'll be removing, relocating or depositing earth (including soil, clay and rock).
You may need a resource consent for earthworks, as they can affect the environment, other people or properties.
The resource consent process makes sure that earthworks don't:
- cause instability on the work site, neighbouring properties or publicly-owned land
- pollute waterways with sediment
- create dust that bothers neighbours.
When you might need resource consent
The rules around earthworks are in Chapter 30 of the District Plan. If your project doesn't meet the criteria for your area, you'll need resource consent.
District Plan 30.1: Earthworks rules (241KB PDF)
To find out if your project needs resource consent:
- talk to a Council planning technician – phone 04 801 3590 between 8am and 5pm, Monday to Friday
- engage a professional to help you – this could be a planning consultant, architect or draughtsperson.
If you need to apply for a resource consent
We'll need these documents when you apply for your resource consent.
- a site plan that shows the existing topography and where the proposed cut or fill will be carried out
- elevations and cross sections of the proposed cut or fill
- details of any proposed retaining structures.
An environmental effects assessment of the earthworks
- an assessment of the earthwork's visual effects, and proposed mitigation measures
- how land stability on and next to the site will be maintained – including a geotechnical report if there's any risk of land instability
- how dust nuisance will be controlled
- how materials will be transported to or from the site, including off-site locations, proposed traffic management and the type of machinery to be used (including intended truck size)
- how silt and sedimentation run-off will be controlled – refer to the guidelines below.
Greater Wellington Regional Council’s Erosion and Sediment Control Guidelines (2.8MB PDF)
Small Earthworks – Erosion and Sediment Control for Small Sites (546KB PDF)
Other permissions you may need
If you're creating or changing a driveway or kerb
If you're creating a new driveway or doing work that will affect the existing driveway or kerb, you'll need vehicle access permission.
Create or change a driveway or kerb
If the work will encroach on the legal road
Wellington’s topography means you may sometimes need to use the road for your car deck or garage, or structures such as steps, fences or walls.
Use road reserve for private purposes