Making a submission on a resource consent application

A submission allows you to have a say on a resource consent application that affects you in some way.

When you can make a submission

A submission is your chance to give feedback on a resource consent application that affects you.

You can only make submissions on notified resource consents.

  • Anyone can make a submission on a publicly notified resource consent.
  • You can only make a submission on a limited notification consent if you've been identified as an affected party.

Notified consents open for submissions

Sign up to be alerted about new resource consents in your area

Sign up to be informed if someone applies for a resource consent on a property you're interested in. You'll only be able to give feedback on the consent application if it's publicly notified or you're identified as an affected party.

Register for alerts on new resource consents

Making a submission

You can make a submission on all or part of a resource consent application.

Your submission needs to include:

  • aspects of the application you oppose, support or are neutral towards, and the reasons why
  • the applicant's details – you'll find this on the public notice
  • if you wish to speak in support of your submission at a hearing.

Choosing to speak at the hearing

Submit online

Make a submission online


Download the form

Resource Consent Submission - Printable (504KB PDF)

In person

By post

Attending a hearing

We'll let you know the date and time of the hearing at least 10 working days beforehand. We'll also provide you a copy of our planner's report, which assesses all submissions received and the proposal, at least 15 working days before the hearing.

At the hearing, all the arguments for and against the proposal will be presented to a commissioner. The commissioner might ask you questions about your submission and any evidence you've put forward.

After the hearing, the commissioner will make a decision within 15 working days. You'll be sent the decision by email or by post.

If you can no longer attend a hearing

Need help? 

The Resource Consents team is available Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm.

Resource Consents team
Phone: 04 801 3590
Email: planning@wcc.govt.nz