About resource consents

This page outlines the importance of the resource consent process and the data local authorities were required to provide on their resource consent processes for 2014/15 and 2015/16. 

Importance of the resource consent process

Resource consents are the mechanism through which local authorities give approval or not for activities involving the use of natural and physical resources. When granted a resource consent the holder is given additional rights. Decisions to approve or decline an application for a resource consent are made in line with objectives, policies and rules set out in the relevant local authority’s plan/s. The resource consent process influences and manages development and its effects. Therefore, it is important that this process remains both effective and efficient, while enabling comment and input from the public and affected persons where necessary.

NMS reporting requirements

The National Monitoring System (NMS) required local authorities to provide information about individual applications for resource consents processed through to a decision (whether it was returned as incomplete, withdrawn by the applicant or approved or declined by the local authority) in 2014/15 and 2015/16.

Note: for the 2014/15 data, resource consent applications may have been lodged prior to 2014/15; similarly, for the 2015/16 data, resource consent applications may have been lodged prior to 2015/16.

Information was sought on the following types of applications:

  • section 88 for a new resource consent
  • section 127 for a change or cancellation of consent conditions
  • section 128 to review resource consent conditions (the local authority serves notice on the consent holder of its intention to review the conditions of the resource consent).