All resource consent fees

The full list of resource consent fees and when they apply.

Resource consent application fees

The fees you pay for a resource consent application depend on the type and scope of the work you're proposing. To work out how much your application might cost, you may first need to talk to a professional and prepare your initial plans.

How resource consent fees work

Initial application fee

Non-notified consent: land use

$2145

Non-notified consent: subdivision

$2600

Non-notified consent: subdivision and land use

$3510

Limited notified consent: subdivision and/or land use

$10,920

Publicly notified consent: subdivision and/or land use

$20,800

Boundary activity

$604.50

Marginal or temporary activities (fixed fee)

$403

Change or cancellation of resource consent conditions (s127 RMA) $1352
Certificate of compliance (s139A RMA)
$1352
Existing use certificate (s10 RMA)
$1352
Extension of time (s125 RMA) 
$1352
Change or cancellation of consent notices (s221 RMA)
$1352
Amalgamation (s241 RMA)
$1352
Creation of a right of way easement (s243 RMA or s348 LGA) or similar
$1352
Outline plan of works (s176A RMA)
$1352
Outline plan of works waiver (s176A(2)(c) RMA)
$390

Certificates for businesses

For up to 2 hours for a planner or an advisor, and 1 hour admin:

  • Town Planning
  • Sale of Liquor
  • Overseas Investments
  • LMVD

$500.50

Compliance monitoring fees

Monitoring compliance with conditions of a resource consent: subdivision or land use – minimum of 1 hour, then per hour thereafter

$201.50

Monitoring administration, per hour administrative officer
 $117

Cost of disbursements – for example, materials, consultant investigations

Based on actual cost

Subdivision certificates

You'll need to obtain certificates that confirm your survey plan has been approved and meets the conditions of your consent.

Certification for s224(c) – up to 6 hours

$1170

Certification for s223, s224(f), s226 – up to 2 hours

$403

Combination of 2 or more certificates – up to 6 hours

$1170

All other Resource Management Act (RMA), Building Act, Unit Titles Act and LGA certificates, sealing and transferring documents – up to 2 hours

Disbursements – for example, photocopying, postage – will be charged separately

$403

Preparation and/or release of bonds – up to 2 hours

$403

Applications relating to signs

Assessment of bylaw applications for signs (for example, commercial sex premises) – up to 6 hours

$1170

Other fees that may apply

You may also need to pay some or all of the following charges, depending on the project.

Administration, disbursements and pre-application meetings

All pre-application meetings: planner and advisors

$201.50 per hour per officer

All consents: planner and advisors $201.50 per hour per officer
All consents: administrative officer
$117 per hour

Cost of all disbursements – for example, venue hire, photocopying, catering, postage, public notification

Based on actual cost

External resource / specialist consultants (including consultant planners)

Based on actual cost

Independent Commissioners

Based on actual costs

Premium applications – by request

For some non-notified consents, you may be able to pay extra to have your consent processed faster. These are called premium applications, and they're accepted on a case-by-case basis. Email planning@wcc.govt.nz to find out if your project is eligible.

Non-notified consents issued within 10 working days

2 x the total processing fees incurred

Non-notified consents issued within 5 working days

3 x the total processing fees incurred

Development contributions

You may need to pay development contributions of you're doing a subdivision, or building a new dwelling or commercial space.

These fees are assessed after the application is lodged.

Development contributions