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’re planning work in a residential area, use our online tool to:
- check the details of your project against the District Plan
- get an indication of whether or not you need to apply for a resource consent.
Resource Consent Check