Resource consent applications subject to discounts

This page reports on resource consent applications subject to discounts under the Resource Management (Discount on Administrative Charges) Regulations 2010.

RMA requirements

Local authorities are required to provide a discount on the administrative charges they impose if they do not process resource consent applications within the relevant RMA timeframes. Discounts can be provided either through the Resource Management (Discount on Administrative Charges) Regulations 2010 or a local authority specific discount policy under section 36AA(3) of the RMA (whichever is the more generous).

Changes to section 36 of the RMA and the development of the Resource Management (Discount on Administrative Charges) Regulations 2010 were driven by the findings of the RMA Survey. The Survey found that over a period of eight years there had been a downward trend in the number of resource consent applications processed on time. Findings from 2007/08 revealed that just 69% of resource consent applications were processed on time, the lowest result for 10 years.

The Resource Management (Discount on Administrative Charges) Regulations 2010 commenced on 31 July 2010 and only apply to resource consent applications lodged on or after 31 July 2010.

Discounts applied — overview

 

2014/15

2015/16

Number of resource consents not processed within statutory timeframes 1,262 1,502
Number of applications that received discounts on costs because councils did not meet the required statutory timeframes 361 478
Discounts (range of amounts) $1 to $31,128 $1 to $9,451

Estimated total value of discounts

$457,321

$315,309

See the Act and regulations

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

Reviewed:
14/12/17