Resource consents processed

This page reports on various aspects of resource consent processing. 

RMA requirements

The processes local authorities must go through to assess and decide on a resource consent application are prescribed by the RMA. However, local authorities do have a degree of discretion about how they administer these processes.

Resource consents processing — overview 

 

2014/15

2015/16

Number of resource consents processed through to a decision (either granted or declined)

40,363

41,810

Percentage granted

99.8%

99.8%

Number withdrawn

611

741

Section 88 (new) resource consents

89.76%

89.8%

Number of section 88 (new) resource consent decisions made (either granted or declined): 36,231 37,547

Of these, the number of applications that were declined

79

57

Of these declined applications, the number that were publicly notified

39

21

Of these declined applications, the number that were limited notified

23

8

Types of new application

 

2014/15

2015/16

Land use activities 64% 62%
Subdivision 14% 15%
Water permits 7% 7.7%

Coastal permits

4%

3.5%

Notification decision

The following reports on the notification pathway of resource consents.

RMA requirements

Sections 95 to 95G of the RMA set out the requirements for local authorities in determining the notification pathway for the resource consent application.

There are three different types of notification for resource consent applications:

  • non-notified
  • limited notified
  • publicly notified.

Notification decisions — Resource consents processed through to a decision (either granted or declined)

 

2014/15

2015/16

Non-notified 96% 95.3%
Limited notified 2% 1.9%

Publicly notified

2%

1.4%

Pre-application meetings

The following reports on pre-application meetings.

About pre-application meetings

A pre-application meeting is a meeting held between the local authority and the applicant prior to lodgement of a resource consent application. The meeting is documented and linked to the resource consent application when lodged.

Pre-application meetings are considered good practice. They can help ensure that the applicant provides all the necessary information in their application. They can also be used to determine if there are any issues with the proposal that the applicant could resolve before lodging the application.

Pre-application meetings relating to incomplete applications and further information requests

 

2014/15

2015/16

Applications with pre-application meetings that were determined as incomplete

3%

1.1%

Applications with pre-application meetings that still required further information under section 92

42%

39.7%

See the Act

For more information on the RMA related to this page see the following sections of the Act on the New Zealand Legislation website.

Reviewed:
14/12/17