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.