How it works
If you need a resource consent, you must get it before building work starts.
Before you apply for a resource consent
Using an agent
We strongly recommend that your architect or surveyor applies for a resource consent on your behalf. If your application is complex, you should involve a planning consultancy instead.
Using an agent to prepare your application
How to apply
After your application is submitted and you've paid your application fee the process takes up to:
- 20 working days for a non-notified consent
- 100 working days for a limited notified consent
- 130 working days for a publicly notified consent.
It will take longer if there’s information missing from your application.
If you need your resource consent faster
You may be able to ask for a premium resource consent if your project meets our criteria and is a non-notified consent.
The fees for a premium consent are:
- 2 x the total processing fees incurred to have your consent issued in 10 working days
- 3 x the total processing fees incurred to have your consent issued in 5 working days.
Note: If, after you've submitted your application, we decide that it needs to be notified, it will no longer be processed as a premium application.
Applications are accepted on a case-by-case basis. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
1. Know what you need to provide
Your agent will need to provide supporting documents and plans with your application to show:
- the type of activity you're doing
- the environmental impact of your project
- the impact your project might have on members of the public
- who will be doing the work.
Supporting documents for a resource consent application
2. Submit your application
Download the form
Resource consent application (585KB PDF)
You can submit your application and supporting documents at our Service Centre between 8am and 5pm, Monday to Friday. You don't need an appointment.
We aim to check mail applications within 2 working days of receiving them.
Resource Consents team
Wellington City Council
PO Box 2199
3. Pay the fee
Once you've paid the initial fee, we'll begin processing your application.
How resource consent fees work
Select 'Property' from the dropdown list and enter the property address of the affected property in the Reference field.
Pay your application fee
You can pay in person at our Service Centre between 8am and 5pm, Monday to Friday. You don't need an appointment.
You can send a cheque to:
Resource Consents Team
PO Box 2199
4. We assess your application
Your application will be assessed in two stages:
- An initial check for missing information or inaccuracies in your application
- Full assessment of the environmental effects of your proposed activity – we may decide that your application should be assessed as a limited or publicly notified consent
How we assess your resource consent application
If your project will affect other people or the environment
If your application:
- is likely to affect your wider community or the environment, we may require it to be publicly notified
- will directly affect your neighbours (for example, by blocking their view or affecting their sun exposure) and you are unable to get their written approval for your plans, your application may be processed as a limited notification consent.
Notified consents follow a slightly different approval process and involve extra fees.
Notified resource consents
If your resource consent is granted
Your consent will tell you:
- the reasons for our decision
- the conditions of how you must carry out any activity – this may include administrative and monitoring fees.
If you don't think you'll complete the work before your consent lapses (usually after 5 years), you'll have to apply for your consent to be extended.
Check your consent documentation carefully to see what you need to do while work is under way.
Monitoring resource consent conditions
Once your resource consent has been approved, you can apply for any required building consents.
If your resource consent is declined
You'll receive a letter giving the reasons why your application was declined.
Your application can be declined for a number of reasons – for example:
- you haven't included enough information to prove your project won't harm the environment or impact others
- the land isn't suitable for the proposed activity.
If you want to object to or appeal our decision
If you disagree with our decision or any conditions on your consent, you can make an objection to us. Alternatively, you can appeal to the Environment Court within 15 working days of when you received our decision.
Resource consent objections and appeals
If your application is put on hold
The processing of your application may be put on hold if we've requested further information from you and haven't received it.
The Resource Consents team is available Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm.
Resource Consents team
Phone: 04 801 3590