About resource consents

This page outlines the data local authorities were required to provide on their resource consent processes for 2014/15. 

About resource consents

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.

National Monitoring System reporting requirements

Local authorities were required 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individual applications for resource consents processed through to a decision (whether it was returned as incomplete, withdrawn by the applicant, or approved or declined by the local authority) in 2014/15 (note: resource consent applications may have been lodged prior to 2014/15).

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).

Limitations and local authority practices

Resource consent ‘bundling’

When multiple resource consents are required for an activity, it is common practice for local authorities to process these applications concurrently under the umbrella of one application; known colloquially as a ‘bundled’ application. The intent of bundling is to enable an integrated and more efficient assessment of the activity and any effects and to provide improved customer service.

Local authorities record information on bundled applications in various ways. This variability affects the quality of the data collected via the National Monitoring System for resource consents across the board. For example, a local authority may report separately on all of the resource consents bundled into a single application. This means that one activity would have a number of rows of data, each considered within our data analysis as a separate resource consent. Local authorities may provide one line of data for charges on bundled consents, while others average charges over all of the overlapping consents. This distorts the data pertaining to the costs of a resource consent.