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
You don't have to present your submission at a hearing, but it's an opportunity to explain your point of view to the commissioner and present any evidence you have to support it.
You can nominate someone else to speak on your behalf if you want to. Whoever you nominate can only present what's in your submission – they can't offer their own opinion about it.
If other people make similar submissions to yours, we may contact you about presenting a joint case at the hearing.
Let us know if you want to speak in te reo Māori.
You can submit your statement at our Service Centre between 8am and 5pm, Monday to Friday. You don't need an appointment.
Resource Consents Team
PO Box 2199
You will also need to send a copy of your submission to the applicant's address – this is on the public notice.
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
If you change your mind about wanting to attend a hearing, please let us know by phoning the Resource Consent team on 04 801 3590.
The Resource Consents team is available Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm.
Resource Consents team
Phone: 04 801 3590